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The Battle of Britain

Posted in Anniversary, Famous battles, World War 2 on Thursday, 29 July 2010

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A squadron of Supermarine Spitfires, one of the fighters used in the Battle of Britain. Illustration by Wilf Hardy

8 August marks the anniversary of the Luftwaffe’s shift of emphasis from attacking convoys and ports such as Portsmouth to targeting the RAF and their airfields and infrastructure. The Luftwaffe believed that a sustained attack between 8 August and 15 September would establish air superiority over Britain.

The Battle of Britain, described by Winston Churchill as “their finest hour”, led to huge losses of aircraft on both sides, 1,652 for Germany and 1,611 for Britain between July and October 1940.

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