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发表于 2016-7-9 23:20:16 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
  January 30
          Thousands of people line the route of the funeral procession
          1965: Last farewell to Churchill
          England have
          Thousands of people have paid their last respects to Britain"s greatest
wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill who was buried today after a full state
funeral.
          Silent crowds lined the streets to watch the gun carriage bearing Sir
Winston"s coffin leave Westminster Hall as Big Ben struck 0945. The procession
travelled slowly through central London to St Paul"s cathedral for the funeral
service.
          Sir Winston died six days ago, following a stroke earlier in the month from
which he never regained consciousness.
          A total of 321,360 people filed past the catafalque during the three days
of lying-in-state.
          Today, millions around the world watched the funeral procession at home and
abroad as television pictures were beamed from 40 BBC cameras placed along the
route.
          The mourners were led by Sir Winston"s wife, Lady Clementine Churchill, his
son Randolph and daughters Mary Soames and Lady Sarah Audley. The Queen and
other members of the royal family, the Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, and
representatives of 112 countries packed into the cathedral for the service.
          The funeral cortege was accompanied by a 19-gun salute and an RAF fly-past
as it began the journey to Sir Winston"s final resting place. At Tower Hill, the
coffin was piped aboard the launch Havengore for the voyage up the Thames.
          From Waterloo, it was placed onto a train drawn by a Battle of Britain
locomotive named Winston Churchill. Thousands gathered to pay tribute at wayside
stations. At many football matches a two-minute silence was observed.
          Sir Winston was finally laid to rest in the Oxfordshire parish churchyard
of Bladon, close to Blenheim Palace where he was born 90 years before, with only
family members present.
          US Marines are the first of the Allies to suffer casualties in this war
          1991: US Marines killed at Al Khafji
          Artificially 1969:
          The Iraqi troops have seized control of a town inside the Saudi Arabian
border after a fierce battle in which both sides suffered casualties.
          The Allies destroyed at least 24 Iraqi tanks in the fight for control of Al
Khafji. Twelve American marines lost their lives - the first Allied casualties
on land since Desert Storm began 14 days ago. There were no British soldiers
involved in the fighting.
          The attack on Al Khafji came as a surprise and the US military commander,
General Norman Schwarzkopf, said it showed the Iraqis have "plenty more fight in
them".
          He was speaking to reporters as the first detailed assessment of the
Allies" progress in the war was made public.
          General Schwarzkopf said the Allies now have total air supremacy.
          He said: "The Iraqis have abandoned centralised control of air defence
within Iraq and Kuwait, a very important point."
          Ammunition dumps have been destroyed and the main supply route between
Baghdad and Kuwait disrupted.
          Saddam Hussein"s elite troops, the Republican Guard, have come under
sustained aerial bombardment
          At sea, 46 Iraqi ships have now been sunk. More warplanes and ships have
taken refuge in Iran.
          General Schwarzkopf said: "The simple fact of the matter is that now every
time an Iraqi airplane takes off the ground it is running away, as a result [we]
have now claimed air supremacy."
          Reports from the northern Gulf suggest the Iraqis have begun dumping oil
into the sea at Mina Al Bakr.
          Iraqi shelling has already created a slick measuring 50 miles long by 12
miles wide (80km by 19km) which could seriously hamper any seaborne defence of
Kuwait.
          In his state of the union address to the American people following news of
the first land battle, President George Bush praised the troops serving in the
Gulf.
          He said, "There is no-one more devoted more committed to the hard work of
freedom than every soldier and sailor, every marine and coastguardsman, every
man and woman now serving in the Persian Gulf."
          Vocabulary:
          catafalque : a decorated bier on which a coffin rests in state during a
funeral(灵柩车)
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