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    Default 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

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    Three Spitfires and a Hurricane flew over Westminster Abbey in a box formation to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

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    Shame there wasn't a bomber in tow for Boris, but still, a salute for the heroes of yesterday.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Strummer View Post
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    His own fault. He very nearly decimated 11 group but then stopped bombing their fields and let them recover.

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    Hermann Göring can fuck right off.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Erik View Post
    Hermann Göring can fuck right off.
    This.


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    Some brilliant stories on Radio Two this week to celebrate this. There is only one survivor of the battle still alive apparently.
    People were calling in about their relatives that worked in all roles to support the Spitfire pilots. The average age of the pilots was under 22 years of age as well, imagine that. Some had only two weeks training as well.
    One pilot had said when they went out to intercept a raid it looked like a storm cloud coming across above the sea with hundreds of Messerschmitts protecting the Heinkel bombers.


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    Default Re: 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

    Lest we forget.


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    Default Re: 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

    Quote Originally Posted by Erik View Post
    Hermann Göring can fuck right off.



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    Default Re: 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Gunn View Post
    Some brilliant stories on Radio Two this week to celebrate this. There is only one survivor of the battle still alive apparently.
    People were calling in about their relatives that worked in all roles to support the Spitfire pilots. The average age of the pilots was under 22 years of age as well, imagine that. Some had only two weeks training as well.
    One pilot had said when they went out to intercept a raid it looked like a storm cloud coming across above the sea with hundreds of Messerschmitts protecting the Heinkel bombers.
    Incredible bravery. The resolve of the British people and the RAF cannot be measured.


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    There's a decent Battle of Britain documentary on the iPlayer - Battle of Britain: the Real Story

    Its basic premise is that whilst Germany had superior technology in the air and on the ground, Britain chose its leaders and organisers much more wisely.


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    Default Re: 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

    Quote Originally Posted by Talk To Frank View Post
    There's a decent Battle of Britain documentary on the iPlayer - Battle of Britain: the Real Story

    , Britain chose its leaders and organisers much more wisely.
    That's all gone tits up recently.



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    Default Re: 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

    Theres a really good episode of greatest events of WW2 in colour on Netflix about BoB, if anyone's interested. Also, if Covid ever buggers off and airshows get back to what they once were, head over to Duxford for their flying legends or BoB shows, once saw a ton of spitfires flying overhead, was quite a sight. Unfortunately a lot have been decommissioned now.


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    Default Re: 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

    Quote Originally Posted by OK SpidermAndy! View Post
    His own fault. He very nearly decimated 11 group but then stopped bombing their fields and let them recover.
    It was more Adolf's military and strategic inadequacies that did it, along with his emotional responses.

    The RAF was days away from collapse in August 1940, and one night a German bomber patrol mistakenly flew off target and bombed civilians in London, rather than the military target they were aiming for.

    Churchill responded in kind, sending a fleet of bombers to Berlin the next night. This absolutely enraged Hitler, who, at the outset of the war, had publicly promised many times that Germany would never suffer the horrors of being bombed. He ordered all restrictions be removed, and civilian targets were prioritised in an effort to crush the British public's spirit.

    The erosion of the "ethics" of bombing in WW2 started that night, almost by accident, and eventually led to the Blitz and the fire-bombings of Dresden, Hamburg and Tokyo, etc.

    As a more immediate consequence in August 1940, the RAF managed to regroup and British industry was able to start putting planes out at an increased rate, leading to victory in the Battle of Britain and the UK's survival until the Soviet Union entered the war the next year.

    It's a really fascinating turning point in the whole war, and those involved deserve every ounce of respect we give to them.

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    Default Re: 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

    Its crazy when you think how many missed opportunities and accidents there were on all sides in WW2. Imagine the French realising a big chunk of the German army was stuck in a traffic jam within artillery range before they invaded or the Luftwaffe carried on smashing airfields, or if America paid attention in the morning at Pearl harbour when they sank a jap midget sub.


 

 

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