Wednesday, August 4, 2021

A Thrilling Game, Full Of Scares

A hundred Canadian pilots took part in the Battle of Britain. William Sprenger was one of them.


Letters home and Sprenger's Memorial Cross are here.


The Battle Of Britain became one of the turning points of the war.


The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest one of the war, starting from the first day and ending on the last.


Burial At Sea is the title of this painting by artist Harold Beamont, who was also an officer and painted himself into the canvas.


A husband and wife, both serving: Robert Bush and Evangeline Bush. He served in the Merchant Navy, and she in the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service.


These are their service dress caps and his medals.

30 comments:

  1. Nice to see the couple survived.

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  2. I can't begin to imagine how scary that battle would have been.

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  3. A nice way to remember those people. I quite Often come across Canadian personnel from the armed forces who dies in the second world war in the churchyards I visit and I always wonder if they have any relatives remembering them

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  4. Un peligroso juego, que puede conducir a la muerte.

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  5. @Iris: indeed.

    @Gemel: so many young lives lost.

    @Bill: they still have their families.

    @Marianne: that it is.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Ventana: thanks.

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  6. Had seen the movie Battle of Britain. The war so devastating for so many.

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  7. So many sacrificed so much for the rest of us. It is good to be reminded.
    Thanks for your blogger help. It seems to have magically sorted itself out since last evening.

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  8. Dark days especially for the people in London. Thanks to those heroes like William Sprenger this decisive battle was won in the end.

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  9. That painting was a bit jarring.

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  10. this just shows that ordinary people can be heroes.

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  11. @Magiceye: it was.

    @Tom: a lot.

    @RedPat: hopefully it stays that way.

    @Jan: it was one that had to be won.

    @Sharon: I can see that.

    @Red: definitely.

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  12. So many of those pilots did not survive the war.

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  13. Wonderful tribute display and photos ~

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  14. War is an awful things. Thanks for the trip.

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  15. Thank you. So sad. So interesting.

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  16. The art is so interesting. Many artists weren't there, but did their take on it.

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    1. And others travelled with the troops, or painted about it after their service.

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  17. I wish I could read the small print in these displays and learn more about these peoples' stories. The Battle of Britain fascinates me, as do the roles of all those who helped. What a good, well-deserved display.

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  18. It amazes me how Britain survived that battle! Brave pilots for sure!

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  19. Brave pilots, indeed ~ wonderful display ~

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative harbor)

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