Weekend Trivia -- Sunday

midnightsmum (Z4, ON)September 11, 2011

Happy Sunday Morning, Cottagers. A beautiful, clear and sunny day, and that's all there is to say about that. I have wrestled with this question long and hard. In trying to couch it in graspable terms, I may have given it away:

The King's Other Speech.

In May 1940, King George VI called for an unprecedented week of prayer throughout Britain. On 26 May 1940 the Archbishop of Canterbury led prayers, and they were offered in synagogues and churches throughout Britain on that day. That same day, one of the most celebrated military events in British history began. Code-named Operation Dynamo, what was it?

I'll bet Annette will know, not too sure about the rest of you....are you going to prove me wrong again??

I'll be back. Nancy.

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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Mmmmmmm, this has me thinking about an old movie I watched not to long ago on TMC starring Walter Pigeon.

Annette

    Bookmark   September 11, 2011 at 10:59AM
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cyn427(z7aN. VA)

I love Walter Pigeon! Also, since Chuck and I are such lovers of History and he seems to know everything about WWII, I do know this. What a lift this gave to the British and to anyone who reads about it!

Certainly, Churchill's words still resonate.

Good subject for today, Nancy.

Cynthia

    Bookmark   September 11, 2011 at 11:13AM
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midnightsmum (Z4, ON)

Walter Pidgeon - ah yes, and one of my favourite movies, to boot!! And he was born in New Brunswick, doncha know!!

Nancy.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2011 at 12:46PM
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cyn427(z7aN. VA)

I didn't know that! Cool.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2011 at 2:05PM
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midnightsmum (Z4, ON)

No wonder everyone thinks we speak with a British accent!! lol.

Nancy.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2011 at 2:14PM
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cyn427(z7aN. VA)

Apparently I also didn't know how to spell his name-thought it didn't look quite right, but... Thanks for correcting it so tactfully! :)

Anyway, he is still one of my all-time favorites!

Cynthia

    Bookmark   September 11, 2011 at 4:34PM
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lorna-organic

You stumped me. I looked it up and now have tears in my eyes. Sometimes people get the opportunity to be guardian angels for a brief period of time. A whole lot of people functioned as angels during Operation Dynamo, bless their souls.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2011 at 4:36PM
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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Cyn, I didn't spell his name right either, I guess I didn't hit the 'd' hard enough, well......that's my story and I'm sticking to it LOL.

Annette

    Bookmark   September 11, 2011 at 5:18PM
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midnightsmum (Z4, ON)

Lorna - this is a day for Angels!!

Nancy.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2011 at 7:10PM
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cyn427(z7aN. VA)

It is a good question for today since so many private boats also ferried New Yorkers home ten years ago.

Since we all know and it is a school night and I need to shut down, I will say Operation Dynamo was the rescue of British and many French troops from Dunkirk.

"...we shall not flag or fail...we shall never surrender."

    Bookmark   September 11, 2011 at 7:34PM
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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

I watch PBS which is heavy on British history so also knew this was the evacuation of troops from Dunkirk. I can see an image of boats of all sizes heading through the fog on their way to or fro.

Sorry I've been late posting this weekend. I've been working outside and have just come in to turn on the computer and make dinner.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2011 at 8:03PM
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midnightsmum (Z4, ON)

"We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender ..." This is part of Churchill's speech from Parliament. It was known as the 'Miracle of Dunkirk'. The term "Dunkirk Spirit" still refers to a popular belief in the solidarity of the British people in times of adversity.

I have a friend who owns a 'Little Ship' - kinda cool. His kids grew up on it, on the Rideau Canal in summers. They swear it is haunted!! How could it not be. It came over to Canada on one of our aircraft carriers, in the 50's. I believe has just been fully restored for the umpteenth time - these craft are a truly a labour of love!! She took Best Boat in Show, at the 1935 London Boat Show!! Hard to imagine such a small(35'), lovely vessel was up to such a grim task.
I just wanted to add two more bits of trivia here, sort of a 'Nancy Light' reveal:

Sundowner(58'): owned by Charles Lightoller, former second officer of the Titanic, was requisitioned by the Admiralty on 30 May. Lightoller insisted that, if anyone was going to take her to Dunkirk, it would be him and his eldest son, Roger, together with Sea Scout Gerald Ashcroft. Leaving Port of Ramsgate at 10:00 on 1 June, the yacht crossed the Channel in company with five other ships. On their way, they rescued the crew of the motor cruiser Westerly, which had broken down and was on fire. On arrival at Dunkirk, Lightoller realized that the piers were too high, and so drew alongside the destroyer HMS Worcester and started to take on soldiers. Seventy-five men were crammed into the cabin, and another fifty-five on deck, a total of 130. Sundowner then returned to Ramsgate, avoiding fire from enemy aircraft through evasive manoeuvres on the way, though the greatest danger was being swamped by the wash from fast-moving destroyers(the Sundowner was capable of a top speed of 8 knots). After disembarking the troops at Ramsgate, she was preparing to return, but by then only ships capable of doing 20 knots were allowed to go.

In the end, Germany captured Dunkirk, of course. But the hundreds of thousands of soldiers who escaped France that day lived to fight another day against Germany. Four years later, almost to the day, a great many of those men were on ships headed back to France, on D-Day.

So, for Annette, Cyn, Chuck (yes, Cyn, he is getting his own stars!!!) and mnswgal:

Thanks for playing!! I'm glad no one was offended by the 'war' theme today! As Lorna so eloquently noted - it is more about angels.

Nancy.

Here is a link that might be useful: The Full Story

    Bookmark   September 11, 2011 at 8:43PM
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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

Thanks, Nancy, for the extra bits of trivia. That looks like a very nice boat.

I agree, this was not about war as much as about the heroic actions of civilians.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2011 at 11:21PM
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cyn427(z7aN. VA)

That is a wonderful story. I bet Chuck doesn't know it! I will check and let you know!

Thanks for the stars Nancy. I think it was a thoroughly appropriate choice as it speaks to the courage of ordinary folk during extraordinary crises. Angels indeed.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2011 at 8:25PM
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