THEY DO NOT LIE IN VAIN
ON September 3, 1939, war broke out in Europe -- the war for which the world had been preparing almost from the day the Treaty of Versailles was signed. The armies of Reichsfuehrer Adolf Hitler were swarming over Poland. Along the Western Front, steelhelmeted troops poured into the Maginot Line. Here, only twenty-five years before, their fathers had crawled through mud into deadly machine-gun fire, picking their way across No Man's Land in the war to end all war. This was the sequel. From the short-wave radio at Daventry came the voice of His Majesty King George VI: "With God's help we shall prevail. . . . May He bless and keep us all."
The world knew what to expect. It had known for many years. The skies over London would be filled with terror -- German warplanes, blasting the city to debris. Planes of the Royal Air Force would soon roar into Germany: anti-aircraft guns would rumble throughout France, while Paris crouched in bomb-proof cellars. It happened in Ethiopia, China, Spain. It would happen again.
The form charts were premature. Planes of the Royal Air Force took off from Croyden, but they carried leaflets calling on the people of the Reich to overthrow their government . . . not bombs. Again they flew over Germany; again they inundated the Reich with leaflets. The world began to wonder. "The silent war," some called