10 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN

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2 Battle of Britain got its name before it had begun

Battle of Britain got its name before it was fought during the famous This was their finest hour speech delivered by Winston Churchill to the House of Commons on 18th June 1940, in which he stated, “the Battle of France is over … the Battle of Britain is about to begin”. There is no consensus about the exact dates of the Battle of Britain. It began with small scale raids at night in late June with the first daylight raids occurring on July 1. The battle intensified in July and the main assault took place from mid-August to mid-September. The British officially recognise the duration of the battle from July 10 to October 31, 1940 while the Germans regard it as a campaign lasting from July 1940 to June 1941.

3 The German objective of the campaign was to establish air superiority over RAF

For invading England, Germany faced the arduous task of crossing the English Channel and fighting against Britain’sRoyal Navy, which was considered superior to the Kriegsmarine, the navy of Nazi Germany. Germany made plans for an amphibious assault on Britain code-named Operation Sea Lion but Adolf Hitler believed to accomplish a successful invasion of Britain, Germany first needed to establish air superiority over the Royal Air Force (RAF) of the United Kingdom. The Battle of Britain was thus fought by the Germans to annihilate the RAF, to either lay ground for a successful invasion or to subjugate Britain to accept the German demand of negotiating a peace treaty.

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