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May 27, 2004

Today in history.

1813 Col. Winfield Scott captures Ft George, Canada, which is later
lost. One of the few, and brief, successes against them da*n dirty Northerners!

1940 Operation Dynamo: Dunkirk Evacuation begins. In which the British armed forces show their grit in diversity, and add to a Battle Honours list which is most notable in some respects for it's magnificent defeats, than it's brilliant victories. Ever the economists, the Brits only win the crucial battles.

In some respects, Dunkirk, along with the quiet stoicism of the urban population during the Blitz, shows the great underlying strength of character of the British nation - despite the best efforts of the elites.