British Fighting Spirit


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A quick introduction to the idea of nationalism through how the British see themselves. It is not linked to any single conflict, and uses song and speeches. It goes well with poetry (Charge of the Light Brigade; WWI Poets, etc.)

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British Fighting Spirit

  1. 1. nationalism<br />Definition:<br />Think: How do the definitions differ?<br />Think: Is nationalism a bad thing?<br />
  2. 2. Songs of British Nationalism<br />God Save the Queen:<br />Rule Britania:<br />
  3. 3. Henry Vby William Shakespeare<br /><br />
  4. 4. What&apos;s he that wishes so? <br />My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin; <br />If we are mark&apos;d to die, we are enow<br />To do our country loss; and if to live,<br />The fewer men, the greater share of honour. <br />God&apos;s will! I pray thee, wish not one man more. <br />By Jove, I am not covetous for gold, <br />Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost; <br />It yearns me not if men my garments wear; <br />Such outward things dwell not in my desires. <br />But if it be a sin to covet honour, <br />I am the most offending soul alive. <br />No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England. <br />God&apos;s peace! I would not lose so great an honour<br />As one man more methinks would share from me<br />For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more! <br />Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host, <br />That he which hath no stomach to this fight, <br />Let him depart; his passport shall be made, <br />And crowns for convoy put into his purse; <br />We would not die in that man&apos;s company <br />That fears his fellowship to die with us. <br />This day is call&apos;d the feast of Crispian. <br />He that outlives this day, and comes safe home, <br />Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam&apos;d, <br />And rouse him at the name of Crispian. <br />He that shall live this day, and see old age, <br />Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours, <br />And say &apos;To-morrow is Saint Crispian.&apos; <br />Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars, <br />And say &apos;These wounds I had on Crispian&apos;s day.&apos; <br />Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot, <br />But he&apos;ll remember, with advantages, <br />What feats he did that day. Then shall our names, <br />Familiar in his mouth as household words- <br />Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter, <br />Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester- <br />Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb&apos;red. <br />This story shall the good man teach his son; <br />And Crispin Crispian shall ne&apos;er go by, <br />From this day to the ending of the world, <br />But we in it shall be remembered- <br />We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; <br />For he to-day that sheds his blood with me <br />Shall be my brother; be he ne&apos;er so vile, <br />This day shall gentle his condition; <br />And gentlemen in England now-a-bed <br />Shall think themselves accurs&apos;d they were not here,<br />And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks<br />That fought with us upon Saint Crispin&apos;s day.<br />
  5. 5. Pre-WWI Poems (4, 2, 5)<br />Lord Tennyson “Charge of the Light Brigade” (p.25)<br />Matthew Arnold “Dover Beach” (p.114)<br />Rudyard Kipling “Gunga Din” (p.213)<br />English Victorian Poetry: An Anthology. Edited by Paul Negri<br />
  6. 6. Winston Churchill: World War II“Battle of Britain” address<br /><br /><br />
  7. 7. Anthem of WWI Nations<br />German National Anthem:<br />U.S. National Anthem:<br />French National Anthem:<br />
  8. 8. Arise children of the fatherlandThe day of glory has arrivedAgainst us tyranny&apos;sBloody standard is raisedListen to the sound in the fieldsThe howling of these fearsome soldiersThey are coming into our midstTo cut the throats of your sons and consorts<br />To arms citizens Form your battalionsMarch, marchLet impure bloodWater our furrows<br />What do they want this horde of slavesOf traitors and conspiratorial kings?For whom these vile chainsThese long-prepared irons?Frenchmen, for us, ah! What outrageWhat methods must be taken?It is us they dare planTo return to the old slavery!<br />What! These foreign cohorts!They would make laws in our courts!What! These mercenary phalanxesWould cut down our warrior sonsGood Lord! By chained handsOur brow would yield under the yokeThe vile despots would have themselves beThe masters of destiny<br />Tremble, tyrants and traitorsThe shame of all good menTremble! Your parricidal schemesWill receive their just rewardAgainst you we are all soldiersIf they fall, our young herosFrance will bear new onesReady to join the fight against you<br />Frenchmen, as magnanimous warriorsBear or hold back your blowsSpare these sad victimsThat they regret taking up arms against usBut not these bloody despotsThese accomplices of BouilléAll these tigers who pitilesslyRipped out their mothers&apos; wombs<br />We too shall enlistWhen our elders&apos; time has comeTo add to the list of deedsInscribed upon their tombsWe are much less jealous of surviving themThan of sharing their coffinsWe shall have the sublime prideOf avenging or joining them<br />Drive on sacred patriotismSupport our avenging armsLiberty, cherished libertyJoin the struggle with your defendersUnder our flags, let victoryHurry to your manly toneSo that in death your enemiesSee your triumph and our glory!<br />
  9. 9. Col. Tim Collins Speech: Prior to Invasion of Iraq19 March 2003<br /><br />
  10. 10. We go to liberate not to conquer. We will not fly our flags in their country. We are entering Iraq to free a people and the only flag which will be flown in that ancient land is their own. Show respect for them. There are some who are alive at this moment who will not be alive shortly. Those who do not wish to go on that journey, we will not send. As for the others I expect you to rock their world. Wipe them out if that is what they choose. But if you are ferocious in battle remember to be magnanimous in victory. <br />Iraq is steeped in history. It is the site of the Garden of Eden, of the Great Flood and the birthplace of Abraham. Tread lightly there. You will see things that no man could pay to see and you will have to go a long way to find a more decent, generous and upright people than the Iraqis. You will be embarrassed by their hospitality even though they have nothing. Don&apos;t treat them as refugees for they are in their own country. Their children will be poor, in years to come they will know that the light of liberation in their lives was brought by you. <br />If there are casualties of war then remember that when they woke up and got dressed in the morning they did not plan to die this day. Allow them dignity in death. Bury them properly and mark their graves. <br />It is my foremost intention to bring every single one of you out alive but there may be people among us who will not see the end of this campaign. We will put them in their sleeping bags and send them back. There will be no time for sorrow. <br />The enemy should be in no doubt that we are his nemesis and that we are bringing about his rightful destruction. There are many regional commanders who have stains on their souls and they are stoking the fires of hell for Saddam. He and his forces will be destroyed by this coalition for what they have done. As they die they will know their deeds have brought them to this place. Show them no pity. <br />It is a big step to take another human life. It is not to be done lightly. I know of men who have taken life needlessly in other conflicts, I can assure you they live with the mark of Cain upon them. If someone surrenders to you then remember they have that right in international law and ensure that one day they go home to their family. The ones who wish to fight, well, we aim to please. If you harm the regiment or its history by over-enthusiasm in killing or in cowardice, know it is your family who will suffer. You will be shunned unless your conduct is of the highest for your deeds will follow you down through history. We will bring shame on neither our uniform or our nation. <br />[Regarding the use by Saddam of chemical or biological weapons] It is not a question of if, it&apos;s a question of when. We know he has already devolved the decision to lower commanders, and that means he has already taken the decision himself. If we survive the first strike we will survive the attack. <br />As for ourselves, let&apos;s bring everyone home and leave Iraq a better place for us having been there. <br />Our business now is north.<br />