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Battle of Britain

'What General Weygand has called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilisation. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be freed and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands.

But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new dark age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves, that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, this was their finest hour.' (Churchill, 18th June 1940)


Battle of Britain Quiz

'Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few'. Seventy-five years ago, in the summer of 1940, Britain's Royal Air Force took on the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain as the German air force attempted to gain air superiority over the RAF. The battle was the first major military campaign in history to be fought entirely in the air, and was viewed by Hitler as a prelude to his planned invasion of Britain.

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Luftwaffe Bombers in the Battle of Britain

Luftwaffe Bombers in the Battle of Britain will contains some 140-150 images of German bomber aircraft during the summer of 1940. The images will cover the entirety of the battle and will depict losses across Britain during this period. Each picture will tell its own story, and will be fully captioned with historical detail. Each section will have… Read more...

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From Dogfight to Diplomacy

MacDonell's service career began in the 1930s. Shortly before the war he became a Squadron Leader and worked at the Air Ministry during the Phoney War. When hostilities commenced he became CO of No 64 Squadron, carrying out convoy support operations and eventually fighting in the Battle of Britain. Awarded a DFC, he was given command of a squadron… Read more...