Battle of Britain Day

The 15th of September 1940.
The Luftwaffe launches its largest air raid of the Battle of Britain.
This day is forever known as Battle of Britain Day.
A day of remembering those few men who fought, on behalf of the many.

The gratitude of every home in our Island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world, except in the abodes of the guilty, goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of the world war by their prowess and by their devotion. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
— W. Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain


I recall from my studies as a kid that radar gave the British a warning of air attacks -

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Well, now that you posted it, yeah, funny how last week out of nowhere I suddenly felt like watching the classic Reach for the Sky, and found it on Youtube. I have not seen it in many years. I am not sure if I should post the link or not, but yeah, it is out there for those who might be interested. Just a caution for those who might watch it, no rivet counting of the Battle of Britain scenes Spitfire marks!

Among other things, September this year also marks the 80th anniversary of the beginning of World War II. That crossed my mind at the beginning of the month.

Indeed, but before it is thought that the Germans were ignorant of radar and that it was some secret weapon only the British had, it should be considered that the Germans did already have radar of their own, most notably on the Kriegsmarine armoured cruisers.

For those interested in some further reading on radar, an article I enjoyed very much several years ago now…

Finished reading Reach for the Sky the other day. Entertaining book, and a number of inaccuracies - the Germans did not copy the finger-four formation from the British - add to the charm.
I’m personally commemorating 80th anniversary with a real time playthrough of each theatre in turn.

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