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The way we were: The special relationship

Extracts from memoirs and diaries

By Ian Irvine   March 2017

"We cling to a phrase with undertones of Churchillian nostalgia" ©Wikimedia Commons

The war of 1812 between the United States and Britain in fact lasted until 1815. In 1814, after watching the British bombard Baltimore (following the burning of the White House), Francis Scott Key wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Its third verse is often now omitted:

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,/That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion/A home and a country should leave us no more?/Their blood has wash’d out their foul footsteps’…

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