JULY 10th, 1940 - LONDON, ENGLAND: The Battle of Britain begins. Over the course of the summer, I will be doing a series of posts to commemorate the Battle of Britain, in an effort to give you an idea of what "the few" and the people they defended went through.
On July 10th, 1940, the Battle of Britain officially began with the first of many German bombing raids. In the above picture, taken on July 14th, a British convoy is bombed on the English Channel. At the outset of the battle, Britain had several advantages: more maneuverable aircraft, an intricate radar system, and the sheer will to protect their homeland. The Germans, however, had more planes, more pilots, and more raw materials such as aluminum. Bombing of convoys like the one in the above picture had a great hand in making precious materials sparse in Britain. The Germans' main goal was to destroy the Royal Air Force in preparation of an invasion of Great Britain by the Wehrmacht. What started with purely strategic attacks eventually turned into attacks meant to break the will of the British people. More on this to follow...
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