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Battle Of Britain Explained In Sixty Seconds

BFBS Creative's latest video explains the Battle of Britain in 60 seconds

During World War Two, 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 that he could then invade. To do this successfully, the German airforce, known as the Luftwaffe, would have to control the skies.

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

Battle Of Britain In Sixty Seconds

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

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

Using a network of radar systems and communications telling them when and where the German’s 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 August 13. 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 August 24 to September 6, 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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