Commando Memorial

In the Scots Highlands, not far from Fort William, is moving war memorial, upon which is written:

In the summer of 1940 when Britain's fortunes in World War 11 were at their lowest ebb and an enemy invasion was threatened Winston Churchill boldly ordered the raising of an elite force to raid the enemy-held coastline of Europe and regain the initiative. The new units, which initially consisted of volunteers from the regiments and corps of the British Army, were called 'Commandos'. Within weeks they were in action in Europe later in the Middle East and the Far East. During the next five years they fought in every theatre of war with such success that the word 'Commando' became feared by the enemy - yet respected by friendly forces.

57 raids took place between 1940 and 1944 against targets in France, Norway, the Channel Islands, Belgium and Holland. The smallest raid was conducted by just a couple of commandos, the largest involved 10,500 during Operation Jubilee. We who were born after that War should still be grateful to those brave men who took the fighting to Hitler’s doorstep, reminding him that Great Britian might be alone and nearly exhausted, but she was not finished. Many of the commandos never returned of course, while others died as lonely old men, their colleagues gone before.

We Christians should not engage in skirmishes with demons or principalities, but when we pray, we inflict greater wounds on the enemy that if we entered his layer itself. Likewise, when we live lives of submission to our God, the enemy suffers great injury:

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7