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Timeline: Battle of Britain

Amy Irvine

07 Aug 2023
Aircraft spotter on the roof of a building in London. St. Paul's Cathedral is in the background
Image Credit: National Archives at College Park, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The Battle of Britain, fought during the summer and autumn of 1940, stands as one of the most critical chapters in World War Two.

Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany had embarked on a militaristic expansion, aiming to establish dominance over the continent. It had taken Germany less than 2 months to invade and conquer most of Western Europe. After the evacuation of British forces from Dunkirk and the Fall of France in June 1940, Britain, under the leadership of Prime Minister Winston Churchill, stood as the last bastion of resistance against the Nazi regime.

The Battle of Britain emerged as a pivotal struggle, pitting the formidable German Luftwaffe against the skilled and courageous pilots of Britain’s RAF. This historic air campaign marked a turning point in the war, preventing Britain’s imminent invasion and altering the course of history. Here’s a timeline showing 10 of the battle’s key dates.

Amy Irvine