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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Castrioti

July 10th, 1940 - The Battle of Britain

Conflict: World War II

Combatants: British vs. Germans

Location: Great Britain

Outcome: British victory

In preparation for the invasion of Britain (Operation Sea Lion), Hitler first had to neutralize the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Navy (RN). On this day in 1940, Herman Goering's Luftwaffe began air attacks on the ports along the southern coast of the island nation. A defiant Prime Minister Winston Churchill urged his countrymen to endure. The battle for air superiority would continue until May of 1941 when Hitler admitted defeat and shifted resources toward the invasion of the Soviet Union.

Heinkel He-111 during the Battle of Britain by unknown photographer

Points of Interest:

  • In the four months of the battle, 43,000 British men and women were killed along with nearly 500 Royal Air Force (RAF) personnel. The RAF lost 915 fighters.

  • The Germans lost over 1700 aircraft in the battle.

Herman Goering in 1945 by an unknown photographer

Sir Winston Churchill by Yousuf Karsh

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