Poem: ‘They Are Too Near To Be Great…’

Oldier poem

‘They are too near to be great,
But our children shall understand,
When and how our fate was changed,
And by whose hand.’

ā€œI would not tolerate the idea of abandoning the struggle for Egypt, and was resigned to pay whatever forfeits were exacted in Malaya. This view was also shared by my colleagues.ā€
ā€œI am sure that nothing we could have spared at this time, even at the cost of wrecking the Middle Eastern theatre or cutting off supplies to the Soviet, would have changed the march of fate in Malaya.ā€
(Winston Churchill: The Grand Alliance)
Source: The Naked Island by Russell Braddon; 1955 edition Pan Books Ltd, Pg 284