‘ALL FALL DOWN‘ by JENNY OLDFIELD
The wireless kept up its steady hum in the corner of the living room as Sadie sat in a shaft of sunlight on a perfect September morning. In her mind’s eye she could see the slick crooner huddled over the microphone, oozing syrupy words to his lady love ….. The wireless whined and whistled.
A thin voice came wavering over the air waves, deadly serious. Germany had considered the British request to withdraw from Poland, but the Prime Minister confirmed the worst. “I have to tell you that no such undertaking has been received and that consequently this country is at war with Germany.”….
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I know that in these times of instant communication, we are all used to hearing about death and war in just about every corner of the world and like to think that in many ways we are immune to the news reports of new uprisings.
I just wonder what our true reaction would be if we were to hear tomorrow that our own country was at war with another, at risk of invasion and that almost every man and woman below a certain age, would be needed to fight, should traditional warfare still be an option!
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