The Second World War Miracles Part: 1

Dr Victor Pearce

Dr Victor Pearce

‘Arise, shine for your light has come and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See darkness is on the land and deep darkness on the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.’ We live in days when this scripture is beginning to be fulfilled. But the time of darkness and light together, will bring about a greater time of ‘spiritual warfare’ and will necessitate a deeper call to prayer. To help us get a sense of the power of prayer and the revealing of God during warfare we need look no further than WWI and WWII. These were extraordinary days in our nation to live through. Dr Victor Pearce (now 94) lived in both wars and chronicled the amazing stories of the revealing of the power of prayer and the intervention of the Lord during warfare. This is the fifth in a series of articles revealing these stories. I think you will be moved and inspired, and I pray the Spirit of God will speak into your spirit through what you read – Jonathan Bellamy, Cross Rhythms CEO.

The Supernatural Events Resulting From National Prayer

Yes, there were some angels seen in the Second World War, but so far as one can tell, not so dramatically as in the First World War. It was evident that the main acts of God came after each national day of prayer. There were seven of these, and I kept a diary record of the events which followed each one.

We will look at the angelic incidents first. During the Second World War, I collected clippings from the newspapers, which reported manifestations.

Angelic Appearances

Figure 7.1. Newspaper cutting of Sussex vision of Christ on the
cross, attended by angels.

Figure 7.1. Newspaper cutting of Sussex vision of Christ on the cross, attended by angels.

The News Chronicle, a national newspaper, reported the vision of Christ crucified followed by angels in the sky over Sussex. The paper described it as the strangest event yet of the war and compared it with the Angels of Mons (see Fig 7.1).

My second cutting is from 1943. It is headed: ‘Vicar interprets the vision in the sky’. A similar vision to the one seen at Lewes 200 miles away three years earlier had been seen at Ipswich by the Reverend Harold Green. A report in the Christian Herald at the time said:

Wide publicity was given to the truth of our Lord’s return in the London and provincial press recently when the Rev Harold Green, vicar of St Nicholas’ Church, Ipswich, preached to an over-full church just after a vision had been seen in the sky by several people in the parish. A white cross, on which was a figure of Christ, was said to have been seen by several people quite independently of each other, and the vicar took the opportunity to proclaim the truth of the coming of Christ and the setting up of his Kingdom, basing his remarks on Matthew 24 and Luke 21.

My third cutting is from the South London Newspaper, this was reported on September 8th, 1944, and headed: ‘ANGEL’ SEEN IN PECKHAM DURING AIR RAID.

Mr D.L. Phillips said, ‘The figure was perfect; there was no mistaking it.’ Mr Halsey says that he was surprised when he looked up into the sky to see a large angel holding out his arms as if to shield the inhabitants from flying bombs which were coming over. There were at least eight others who also saw it.

Victories after each National Day of Prayer

Figure 7.2. Newspaper cutting of Ipswich vision of Christ on the
cross.

Figure 7.2. Newspaper cutting of Ipswich vision of Christ on the cross.

The big features of the 1939-45 war were the seven national days of prayer and the dramatic events which followed each one. They saved Britain from disaster.

My record of these days of prayer as they occurred from 1940 to 1945 provided the details of each deliverance or victory which followed. Why did I do this? Because I knew that it would be useful for reminding Britain and the world in future years, and here I am doing it at the age of eighty-five! The fiftieth anniversary of D-Day was observed without any mention of those prayer days, when at the call of King and Parliament, the majority of the population crowded into the churches and overflowed outside, because they knew our position was desperate. The only acknowledgement so far as I know, was a report I gave on BCC Radio Stoke which they have repeated since, and on the United Christian Broadcasters’ European network, and on Trans World Radio.

Seven National Days of Prayer in Six Years

Of seven separate days of prayer called by King and Parliament in the six years of war, as many as three were held within the first twelve months because the situation was known to be so desperate. In gratitude for deliverance after the war, the government passed a law making Christian teaching in schools compulsory. Now it is difficult to get permission even to mention the name of Christ, and many children lack ethical and moral teaching. The results in our community life are obvious.

Yes, Britain was in a desperate situation. We were quite unprepared for war and humanly speaking we were left in an impossible situation. That situation worsened when France fell to the Nazis, and the British Army of only 350,000 men were hemmed in with backs to the sea at Dunkirk. All the protection that was left in Britain was a ‘Dad’s Army practising drill with broomsticks’.

Before calling the nation to the first national Day of Prayer, Winston Churchill said he had, ‘Hard and heavy tidings to announce’. The commander of the British Forces, Lt General Sir Frederick Morgan, said there was no way out barring a miracle. That miracle happened after the first Day of Prayer.

Figure 7.4. King George VI calls the nation to prayer. Source:
The Christian Herald, May 1990

Figure 7.4. King George VI calls the nation to prayer. Source: The Christian Herald, May 1990

1. The first National Day of Prayer was called for by King George VI on March 26th, 1940. The miracle took place during the week following. Most people have heard how the English Channel was absolutely calm all the days during which thousands of private boats and yachts, including my father-in-law’s boat, went to and fro rescuing from the sands of Dunkirk 338,000 men of the British Expeditionary Army, leaving only 12,000 sadly to become prisoners or killed.

Drama of the Little Boats

The following details are supplied by Lt Commander E. Keble Chatterton:

Things happened quickly; immense possibilities widened. Instead of, perhaps, a lucky 25,000 or so, more than ten times that number might be saved. But how? It all resulted from a marvel of detailed organisation. Already the Admiralty had with great foresight given notice that all privately owned motorcraft of 30 to 100 feet in length were to be at their disposal. So, likewise, by means of a licensing system for all coasting vessels, the Ministry of Shipping were kept aware of movements and could lay their hands on suitable vessels almost instantly. The congregating of a vast improvised fleet numbering nearly 1,000 units therefore was just a matter of telephoning and telegraphing. Nothing like it had ever been devised. Trawlers, drifters, Thames sailing and motor barges, little cargo carriers, colliers, motor-boats, motor-yachts, 17 of the Royal National lifeboats, open skiffs, oared boats from liners, sailing boats from Southend beach usually employed for pleasure parties, tugs from the Thames, even the six motor bawleys that gather up cockles from the estuary; pleasure paddle steamers accustomed to ply their trade along the Clyde or at Llandudno, or Margate; one of the LFB fireboats, steam yachts that were veterans when fighting U-boats in the last war; Dutch schooners and Belgian craft, swelled this extraordinary list till they numbered 665, in addition to the 222 naval units. Cross-channel steamers with ample passenger accommodation and high speed, normally carrying from seven to fourteen deck-hands, now received additional volunteers to man the boats which would have to be used as ferries from the beach. One amateur yachtsman assisted by his son, sailed his yacht all the way from Southampton to Dunkirk on his own initiative, and fetched home a batch of tired soldiers.

Figure 7.5 Father-in-law's motor yacht My Beth used in the
Dunkirk evacuation.

Figure 7.5 Father-in-law’s motor yacht My Beth used in the Dunkirk evacuation.

So then the army was back in Britain having lost their armaments, as helpless as sitting ducks for Hitler.

It was a miracle that Hitler didn’t follow up his victory immediately. That first Day of Prayer was followed up by two more within five months, so within five months we had three national days of prayer, not called by the Church, but called by the King and Parliament. But did the nation respond as a nation? They did! Hardly anybody stayed away. The churches and halls were crammed full and overflows outside were sometimes bigger than the crush inside.

Figure 7.7. Circular letter from the Ministry of Information to
all clergy explaining the gravity of the situation in mid-1940 and at
the same time providing words of encouragement.

Figure 7.7. Circular letter from the Ministry of Information to all clergy explaining the gravity of the situation in mid-1940 and at the same time providing words of encouragement.

The Cabinet’s Words of Encouragement

At this time the war cabinet sought to inform clergy in Britain of the serious situation while at the same time providing a positive message of hope and encouragement. The first of a series of letters from Duff Cooper at the Ministry of Information was circulated on 21st June, 1940 advising what Hitler was seeking to do that autumn and to prepare the congregations to fight ‘side by side for the fields and villages and cities that we love’.

First published in Miracles & Angels, Dr E K Victor Pearce. CRKälla: crossrhythms.co.uk