After the French defeat in the West in 1940, only England opposed the German Third Reich in its quest to dominate Europe.
The next logical step for the Germans was, obviously, to defeat Great Britain. In order to do that, Germany needed to effectively invade the British Islands, a task that required either domination of the seas by the Germans (rather impossible a mission) or an overwhelming superiority in the air in order to protect landing forces.
On paper, Germany’s might was many times stronger than the British, particularly on ground and air forces. Therefore, decisions were made, and Germany launched a series of massive air attacks against Britain, which were later to be known as The Battle of England.
Air combat was surrounded by a lot of propaganda from the German side, a lot of boasting, if you will, particularly led by the boss of the German Air Force, die Luftwaffe, Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring.
Numerically inferior, lacking pilots and limited in resources, the Royal Air Force resisted for months, using intelligence, technological advantages like radar and the geographical benefit of battling over British territory.
By the end of 1940, a period described by Winston Churchill, His Majesty’s Prime Minister, as “Britain’s darkest hour”, the German High Command gave up any plans for invading Great Britain.
The full merit of that first and decisive British victory was fully due to the very limited number of pilots who served at the Royal Air Force, RAF, and in one of his most memorable quotes, Winston Churchill said that “never in History was so much owed by so many –the British- to so few” –the pilots.
Our opinion, and not more than just that, an opinion, is that after all the propaganda-like boasting and the even violent attacks by the Pontifex Maximus at the oracle, with all his might and power, and despite the $120 million attorney’s fees to be paid by SAP, whatever the final result might be, the sentence will be closer to SAP’s position than to the oracle’s.
In this case, the savings for SAP compared to the potential total cost will be massive, so it could be considered an actual victory for the Germans. And in this case too, “never in the recent years so much was owed by so many –SAP employees and shareholders- to so few” –SAPs lawyers and particularly Top Execs, so few dared to appear.
Trying to be fair, however, we could have recommended the Pontifex to quote Winston Churchill too when he served his testimony, instead of boasting like a merchant sailor: “never in the recent years so much was owed by so many –SAP employees and shareholders- because of so few” –the actual “safe-passaged” customers.