English Channel - Riding the Eurostar Train to London
|Eurostar Train coming out of the Euro tunnel|
It was in March that Pat and I made our first ever train journey through the tunnel underneath the English Channel. This tunnel, which opened only in 1994, is the longest undersea tunnel in the world.
|Channel tunnel concept presented to Napoleon|
It takes about 25 minutes to travel through the tunnel and there is nothing to see. It’s like traveling from one subway station to another. It’s as exciting as watching paint dry. However, what is exciting is to consider the consequences of the tunnel having opened 60 years earlier than it did. Hitler’s failure to occupy Britain in 1940, when it stood alone, probably lost him The Second World War. Mighty though the US military was and is, it could hardly have mounted the 1944 D-Day invasion of Europe from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.
|D-Day Map showing route allies took across English Channel|
This piece, written by Bob, originally appeared on our website on April 5, 2010.