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The Few

Today marks the 70th anniversary of Churchill's Battle of Britain speech. When all of Europe was engulfed by a horrendous evil, Churchill stood at the head of the British people and swore eternal resistance. He rallied humanity in its darkest hour. And won through.

The day was marked by a flight of Spitfires over London – which I only realised when I looked up from my desk and saw everyone on the floor had gathered on the side with the windows that face Parliament. "Okay, I'll bite," I said. "What are we looking at?"

It was also commemorated by a famous actor re-reading the speech in Whitehall. Here's an excerpt:

Much better yet, here's Dame Vera Lynn, and also one of the surviving members of 'The Few' Flight Lt William Walker of 616 Squadron, recounting their experiences of the Battle of Britain:

(Here's Dame Vera doing her stuff during wartime:


And here's the great man himself:

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Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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