News: "England's Darkest Hour"

15th January 1989: BBC News reported the visit to the frontline north of London by Prime Minister Cranwell who addressed Republican troops giving his famous "England's Darkest Hour" speech.

The speech criticised "the forces of the Monarcho-Capitalist oppressors who would snuff out the light of democracy in England, a light that has shone as a beacon for the world for a thousand years" and promised that "our struggle will echo through history and we will emerge victorious from England's darkest hour with the torch of democracy shining brighter".

With the final Royalist offensive on London expected within days, the Republicans rushed militia and para-military units to the frontline to bolster the Republican army and territorial units.

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