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I know this is not in any way related to Koh Samui but I did think, while reading other news from around the world, your readers might be interested in something I found on the BBC News website. It is the script for a hypothetical broadcast from the British Monarch in the event of WWIII breaking out and makes for interesting reading. The document was released under the 30 year rule and was drawn up as part of a war gaming exercise in the spring of 1983.
The script, which starts off by referring to the Queen’s traditional Christmas address, reads: “The horrors of war could not have seemed more remote as my family and I shared our Christmas joy with the growing family of the Commonwealth.
“Now, this madness of war is once more spreading through the world and our brave country must again prepare itself to survive against great odds “I have never forgotten the sorrow and the pride I felt as my sister and I huddled around the nursery wireless set listening to my father’s [George VI’s] inspiring words on that fateful day in 1939 [at the start of the World War II].
“Not for a single moment did I imagine that this solemn and awful duty would one day fall to me.
“But whatever terrors lie in wait for us all, the qualities that have helped to keep our freedom intact twice already during this sad century will once more be our strength.”
Striking a personal note, the script continues: “My husband and I share with families up and down the land the fear we feel for sons and daughters, husbands and brothers who have left our side to serve their country.
“My beloved son Andrew is at this moment in action with his unit and we pray continually for his safety and for the safety of all servicemen and women at home and overseas.
“It is this close bond of family life that must be our greatest defense against the unknown.
“If families remain united and resolute, giving shelter to those living alone and unprotected, our country’s will to survive cannot be broken.”
The speech concludes by saying the Queen’s message to the nation was “simple”.
It adds: “As we strive together to fight off the new evil, let us pray for our country and men of goodwill wherever they may be. God Bless you all.
In the war-gaming exercise, Orange bloc forces – representing the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies – launch a chemical weapon attack on the UK.
Blue forces – representing Nato – retaliate with a “limited-yield” nuclear strike, forcing Orange to initiate a peace process
I am not entirely sure how families remaining united and resolute, giving shelter to those living alone and unprotected would ensure our country’s will to survive would not be broken. Or quite how it would help against chemical and nuclear war but it’s good to know somebody had a plan!