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Battle of Britain explained in 60 seconds

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During the Second World War, Hitler had captured most of Europe by 1940 before then turning his attention to Britain.

His plan was to demolish the RAF and Royal Navy so he could then invade.

To do this successfully, the German air force, known as the Luftwaffe, would have to control the skies.

BFBS Creative challenged themselves to recount the Battle of Britain in just 60 seconds, and you can watch the video here.

The Battle of Britain in 60 seconds

The Battle of Britain started on 10 July 1940. German bomber aircraft escorted by fighter planes made their way across the Channel to bomb Britain.

The Luftwaffe began by targeting towns, military airfields and shipping convoys.

Using a network of radar systems and communications telling them when and where the Germans were planning to attack, the RAF, led by Sir Hugh Dowding, shot down many German bombers before they could cause huge amounts of damage.


Britain's Spitfire and the Hurricane aircraft also outmatched the German equivalent of the Messerschmitt 109.

The German Operation Eagle Attack began on 13 August. It was a series of aerial attacks to attempt to gain control over the skies by destroying the RAF.

However, the German fighters had a limited range. This meant they could only escort the bombers part of the way, which left bomber pilots unprotected.

From 24 August to 6 September, the intensity of the attacks increased, involving more than 1,000 aircraft each day.

However, the British still managed to maintain the advantage, which led to Hitler changing tactics.

Ultimately, the Battle of Britain ended and 'the Blitz' of London began.

It was at the same time that former Prime Minister Winston Churchill gave one of his most famous speeches: "Never before, in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many, to so few."

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