Thursday, January 29, 2009

On Catholics and fighting Nazism.

I'm still fuming about the Nicky Campbell interview on Radio 5 yesterday. On a personal level, my Catholic grandfathers (having both served in the First World War) were on civilian war work while my Catholic father served firstly in the Royal Artillery and subsequently the Special Forces (LRDG) alongside my Catholic uncles who were also gunners at Alamein and Cassino. Another Catholic uncle suffered head injuries requiring a metal plate in his skull whilst serving in the Royal Navy.

Amazing that armchair fighters against fascism can damn the faith of those who actually got their hands dirty, firing field guns, sailing the North Atlantic and jumping out of Dakotas and generally putting themselves in the way of harm to liberate Europe and protect their own.

It is anyone's guess what such people would have done themselves when the call came.

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Blogger dillydaydream said...

They would do exactly what they do now in relation to Iraq and Afghanistan - wring their hands; snipe gently below the radar of the British Legion; seek out evidence of human rights abuse (though not by Hamas or the Taliban); and when all else fails, blame a God they don't believe in for allowing it to happen.

10:32 PM  
Anonymous Anthony Bidgood said...

Dear Blogger,

Perhaps reading Hugh Dormer's "War Diary" will open some eyes. A reflection on the number of Irishmen, overwhelmingly practicing Catholics, who served in the British Army during WWII may also help.
Of course the real problem is describing WWII as an 'anti-fascist war' long after the event. The unlamented USSR referred to 'The Great Patriotic War', sensible and to the point.

In Christo,
Anthony Bidgood

8:30 AM  

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