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Sunday, 30 October 2011

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Mannie Sherberg
World War II is replete with stories of small groups -- the Red Orchestra, the Jewish fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto, the many partisan fighters in occupied countries -- who went up against Nazi power and, for their pains, were utterly wiped out. Stories like this make one appreciate all the more the miracle of one small group that prevailed against Nazi power -- although a vast number of its members died in the effort. I'm referring to the thousand or so young RAF pilots -- many of them still in their late teens -- who took on the vastly larger Luftwaffe in 1940's Battle of Britain -- and beat them to a standstill, thereby preventing the Nazi invasion of England and, without any doubt, saving the cause of human liberty. These are the men of whom Churchill -- correctly -- said: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." Unquestionably, small groups of people who go up against massive and ruthless military power almost always fail. But not always.

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