The concept behind the memorial, its size, design and location in a Grade II listed park, has attracted some objections from groups including the Westminster Society, the Knightsbridge Association and the London Parks and Gardens Trust.
Strikes me that alone should have ensured that there a memorial years ago. Probably the men in 'ill-fitting' suits were afraid of offending our European Soviet Union chums the good old Germans. The 'good old' Germans I know are as ashamed of, and sorry for, the Nazis, as much as we hated them.
My uncle Cyril, DSO and Bar, DFC and Bar, is 90 plus now and still we cannot get a word out of him about flying over occupied Europe night after night and later day after day.
I thank God that the late and unlamented government did not re-name Waterloo Station and pull down Nelson's column for fear that they offended the 'cheese eating surrender monkeys' just across the English Channel.
Reduced to the ranks (often in front of the whole station) and posted away to other units to be treated no beter than dogs
Harris was brutal in his treatment of LMF
IIRC the Americans used to allow their aircrew to drop out of missions if they had a valid reason
They changed this policy (again IIRC) so you had to go sick before the target was identified
Many RAF C.O's were harsh on crews they thought wern't pushing on to the target
IIRC (again sorry) Gibson would post people straight off he Sqn if he thought they didn't perform and even Cheshire admited he came down on LMF and under performers like a ton of bricks
Long over due IMHO but I wonder how long before he wringing hand brigade start whinging aout Hamburg and Dresden
Not so sure about that. I listened at length to a bloke who had researched all this for a book (War On The Mind, IIRC, but I prob'ly don't - I know I haven't yet read what he wrote)
He basically said, that as he was writing the final chapter, he found himself moving towards a view that a kind of "tough love" is probably the most appropriate attitude: on the basis that more accepting the group is, of 'mental collapse' as an honourable ticket home (like a "Blighty wound"), the higher will be the number who become victims of it. Susceptibility is variable - in WW2, "Nervous exhaustion" cases were much less common among troops on the advance, no matter how grim, than in retreat.
I say that not to excuse the RAF, but it would fit with Cheshire's viewpoint - and I heard him speak on the subject of courage, at Camberley, 21 years ago. I may still have my tape recording of his lecture. Clearly a very tough-minded bloke, but also hugely compassionate.
I think society as a whole doesnt frown on stress as much as it used too. Far better to be treated and return to some sort of employment than to finally crack and get the padded cell. That is what I meant rather than the touchy feely you mustnt ever be shouted at brigade!