Aldertag

13th August 2020

This could almost be Allders tag, a price tag on goods sold by the independent department store of that name. Maybe some of you remember the tag line ‘Allders, Allders, all that a great store should be’. Leastways, that’s what I remember.

Alder tag could be alder tag, an identity tag or label indicating the type of tree.

But the one I think of is the German Aldertag, or ‘Eagle day’ in English. Wikipedia says it was ‘…the codename of a military operation by Nazi Germany’s Luftwaffe (German air force) to destroy the British Royal Air Force (RAF)’.

It also says ‘The essential target was RAF Fighter Command. The service’s destruction would deny the British their air superiority asset. Throughout July and early August, the Germans made preparations for Adlertag. The date of the assault was postponed several times because of bad weather. Eventually, it was carried out on 13 August 1940. The German attacks on 13 August inflicted significant damage and casualties on the ground, but, marred by poor intelligence and communication, they did not make a significant impression on Fighter Command’s ability to defend British air space.’

And again ‘On the morning of 13 August, the weather was bad’.

Like today, 80 years later, to the day. Thunderstorms are rolling around and the forecast is decidedly mixed.

And BT has reported problems UK wide with the internet. It’s priceless, it really is. The comparisons are uncanny. But I am not surprised any more.

Go to the Wikipedia entry here for full info if you want to know more.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adlertag

Things were starting yesterday, the 12th. Which happens to be George Soros’s birthday and the ‘Glorious 12th’ when grouse shooting starts. Not very glorious if you’re a grouse of course.

And there’s a spitfire flying over the West South Saxons I can hear, from my Cloud, ‘tho I can’t see it. One of the few still flying. The last of the few perhaps.

So Germany up to its old tricks again, eh? Oh yes, the same old enemy. Weather and storms a good excuse, perhaps some current issues down to this, but not all. It really didn’t want us to leave the EU, for Britain to be Great again as it once was.

But as I have said before, it is not all Germans of Germany. My wife was told a story about six German teachers who wanted Germany to leave also. Again, I know a very lovely family near Hamburg, and my sister one near Nuremberg.

They may or may not support the U.K in what we’re doing, but I am not aware of any animosity.

Really it is the Nazis, or Nastys, as I shall call them.They never went away. Still, BT are doing sterling work to get things back up and running.

The Germans targeted aerodromes and radar stations and weren’t very successful. And it appears exaggerated claims of enemy losses. Not that we didn’t exaggerate a bit, but then it is very difficult in the heat of battle to tell who shot down who, or whether ground based fire was involved.

Faulty intelligence was the problem then for the Germans, or Jerry as we called them colloquially. The Germans are very good engineers as far as I can tell, but if you don’t have a good sense of humour like us Brits, your brain is going to be rather one track minded.

Of course, as in all nations there are exceptions, and the Germans had many exceptional officers. You will see Albert Kesselring’s photo on the Wikipedia page. He generally did well on the ground as well as in the air.

On his Wikipedia entry it records Lieutenant General Sir Oliver Leese saying he was an “extremely gallant soldier who had fought his battles fairly and squarely”.

Hugo Sperrle on the other hand, whose photo is next to Kesselring’s, seems to have been a pompous git. His photo gives that impression for a start. His Wikipedia entry does not make impressive reading.

Still, it’s all in the name, Hugo. This apparently means ‘thought, mind, spirit’ according to Wiktionary. He seems to have been intelligent to start with, and put some thought into matters. But then he developed gourmet tastes, and became lazy and corpulent. The latter a high risk factor in Covid 19.

And I suppose he then started saying ‘I don’t mind if you go’. Hugo sounds like ‘you go’. With a face like his, I don’t suppose anybody fancied arguing.

It was men like him who lost Germany the war. But then it was men like him who started it.

So for this current war, this war of words and attacks on communication, meaning of words etc, the British have the upper hand again. The English language is very flexible and can be used to great effect to skewer the enemy and foil his attacks.

Germany, or more correctly the Nastys, is, or are, going to lose this war, as it, or they, lost the others against us and our allies.

Winston Churchill had it right by invoking the Agincourt symbol of the archers, the ‘V’ for victory. Why not try yourself with me?

On the count of three. One, two, three.

‘Two fingers, you Nastys!’

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