"Lord, let Thy mercy be shewed upon us;
As we put our trust in thee,
O God, the father of heaven;
Have mercy upon us"
1400hrs 25th May, 1940. Telegram from Anthony Eden, Secretary of State for war:
"The eyes of the Empire are upon the defence of Calais, and H.M. Government are confident you and your gallant regiments will perform an exploit worthy of the British name."
There lay the army of the dead.
Regimented row after regimented row, still lined up on the station’s platform.
The sight of those corpses stopped me in my tracks. Almost in a daze I took my seat, occupying the single empty slot in the nearest file.
What the hell was happening?
Hell had to be the word. I thought that I’d been through hell before but surely nothing could be worse than this?
How had it all come to this?
How had it come to this?
When Major Robert Leroy Parker, Welsh Guards, was questioned about inadvertently starting WW2 and then accidentally saving Hitler's life his response was: "anyone can make a mistake!"
In the Spring of 1940 Rob Parker will have to live with the consequences of these mistakes as he's thrown into the Allied front line to await the juggernaut that is the iron fist of the Nazis. His one thought: "Bring it on!"