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The greatest generation?

In January’s Letters, Marek Pruszewicz refers to Britain as having an “obsession” with the Second World War, and implies that the British have a deep national conviction that Britain has always been a “good” country. I think he is entirely wrong in this, and that he confuses obsession with a deep admiration and a profound gratitude for the achievements of that generation, which fought and lived through the most devastating war in history, allowing us now to live in this country as free people.

Pruszewicz finds himself amazed that part of Churchill’s funeral was re-enacted to mark

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