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.
The Australian Wirraway was forced into a role for which it was not intended during World War II. More »
The Royal Air Force deployed the Avro Lancaster bomber during its strategic campaign to bomb the Third Reich. More »
The British Royal Air Force saved its island nation from invasion during the dark days of 1940 and the Battle of Britain. More »
American pilots serving in the Royal Air Force flew missions in support of the abortive 1942 raid on the French coastal town. More »
Outnumbered Japanese troops, executing a bold campaign, captured the great fortress city of Singapore in 73 days. More »
Believe it or not, the RAF Eagle Squadrons eventually became the highest scoring Allied fighter group of the war in Europe. More »
Douglas Bader was a formidable foe in the air and as a prisoner of the Germans even though he had no legs. More »
The Australian 9th Division defeated the Africa Korps at the Libyan port city on April 13-14, 1941. More »
General Hobart’s Funnies were specially designed armored vehicles that contributed to the Allied victory in Europe. More »
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Acclaimed General Lloyd Fredendall lost his command after the debacle at the Battle of the Kasserine Pass.
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