The Battle of Britain, a series of aerial engagements fought from July 10 to October 31, 1940, for control of the skies over the English Channel and Great Britain during World War II, resulted in a victory for the British Royal Air Force (RAF) and thwarted Hitler’s plan for an amphibious invasion of the British Isles. Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring had assured Hitler that his Luftwaffe could gain control of the air and protect the German invasion force; however, the Luftwaffe sustained heavy losses and failed to eliminate the RAF. The Battle of Britain was a turning point in World War II in the West.
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In World War II, total war served as ideological vindication for competing nations of dramatically different political systems. More »
Adolf Galland flew countless sorties, led the Luftwaffe fighter arm, and defied Reichsmarshal Hermann Göring. More »
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One of the legendary warplane of World War II, the Supermarine Spitfire tipped the balance in favor of the RAF during the Battle of Britain. More »
The Luftwaffe blitz of London and other major cities tested the mettle of the British people. More »
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Emboldened by previous successes, the German’s launched Operation Mercury, dropping thousands of paratroopers onto the defended island of Crete. More »
In early 1942, a furious air-sea battle in the Solomons set the stage for Pacific Theater combat yet to come.
The Luftwaffe sent the Me-262 jet fighter aloft in the final months of World War II in a vain effort to challenge Allied air superiority.
Sergeant Red Erwin’s courage in a burning B-29 over Japan saved the lives of his crewmen and earned him the Medal of Honor.