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".......the Battle of France is over. The Battle of Britain is about to begin, upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization,
upon it depends our own British life and the long continuity of our
   institution and our Empire."

WINSTON CHURCHILL, JUNE 18 1940
FROM HIS "FINEST HOUR" SPEECH

Royal Air Force crest          Air Chief Marshall Sir Hugh Dowding. C-in-C of RAF Fighter Command          RAF Fighter Command crest

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THE PHONEY WAR

Page 1. Britain Prepares
  • Document 1.  Joint Anglo-French Declaration
  • Document 2.  Daladier's Appeal to the people of France
  • Document 3.  Food, Clothing and Petrol Rationing in Britain
  • Document 3a. Wages, Coupons and Prices in Britain
  • Document 4.  Protection in the Air Raid Shelters
  • Document 5.  Evacuation of Women, Children and the Elderly

THE ADMINISTRATION OF FIGHTER COMMAND

Page 2. The Leaders and the Commanders

  • Document 6.  Profile of Sir Winston Churchill - Prime Minister of Great Britain
  • Document 7.  The Historic Letter written by AVM Lord Hugh Dowding to the Prime Minister
  • Document 8.  Profile of Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding - C-in-C RAF Fighter Command
  • Document 9.  Profile of AVM Sir Keith Park - AOC 11 Group RAF Fighter Command
  • Document 10. Profile of AVM Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory - AOC 12 Group RAF Fighter Command
  • Document 11. Profile of Adolf Hitler - Führer of Nazi Germany

Page 3. The Support Services Within Fighter Command

  • Document 12. The Eyes of Fighter Command - A look at Radar
  • Document 13. The Observer Corps and Fighter Command
  • Document 14. High Frequency Direction Finding
  • Document 15. The Ears of Fighter Command - A look at RAF Intelligence
  • Document 16. Dowding and Bentley Priory - A look at Fighter Command Headquarters

Page 4. The Pilots That Took Part In The Battle of Britain

  • Document 17. A Day In The Life of a Battle of Britain Pilot
  • Document 18. The Entitlement To Wear "The Battle of Britain Clasp"

Page 5. Royal Air Force Squadrons that took part in the Battle of Britain

Page 6. 11 Group RAF Airfields involved in the Battle of Britain

AIRCRAFT USED BY THE RAF & THE LUFTWAFFE

Page 7. Main Aircraft Menu Page


CHRONOLOGY OF THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN

Page 19. The chronology quick access menu

Page 20. Preparations are made. With France fallen, Churchill expects Britain to be next.

  • Document-19. The Sinking of the Athenia (German U-boat attacks passenger liner)
  • Document-20. The Sinking of the Olivegrove (German U-boats engage hit and run)
Page 21. July 2nd - July 24th 1940
  • Document 21. Dowding, Leigh-Mallory and Park
  • Document 22. Fighter Command Order of Battle July 10th 1940
  • Document 23. Charles Gardner's commentary of July 14th 1940
  • Document 24. Extract from 54 Squadron Operational Record Book
# The Phases of the Battle of Britain

Page 22. July 25th - July 31st 1940

  • Document 25. Attacks on Red Cross planes of the Luftwaffe
  • Document 26. Fw J Markl evades capture for nine days

Page 23. August 1st - August 10th 1940

  • Document 27. Hitler's Directive No.17 of August 1st 1940
  • Document 28. Fighter Command Order of Battle August 8th 1940

Page 24. August 11th - August 12th 1940

  • Document 29. A Burning Inferno - A Pilots Worst Nightmare

Page 25. August 13th 1940

  • Document 30. Fighter Command Sector Stations as at August 13th 1940
  • Document 31. Fighter Command Order of Battle August 13th 1940

Page 26. August 14th - August 15th 1940

  • Document 32. The Battle in North of England
  • Document 33. Directive issued by Hermann Göring August 15th 1940

Page 27. August 16th - August 17th 1940

  • Document 33. Directive issued by Hermann Göring August 15th 1940

Page 28. August 18th 1940

  • Document 34. Map showing enemy approach to Kenley Aerodrome
  • Document 35. Attack on Kenley and Biggin Hill airfields August 18th 1940

Page 29. August 19th - August 24th 1940

  • Document 36. Document issued by Hermann Göring August 19th 1940
  • Document 37. Map showing areas of bombing in London August 24th-25th 1940

Page 30. August 25th - August 29th 1940

  • Document 38. Front page of the London Daily Mail August 27th 1940
  • Document 39. The "Big Wing" Theory

Page 31. August 30th - August 31st 1940

  • Document 40. Enter 242 Squadron and the attack on North Weald
  • Document 41. Luftwaffe losses for August 1940

Page 32. September 1st 1940

  • Document 42. Beaverbrook and fighter production in 1940

Page 33. September 2nd - September 3rd 1940

Page 34. September 4th 1940

Page 35. September 5th - September 6th 1940

Page 36. September 7th 1940 - The target is London

  • Document 43. German plan of attack on London
  • Document 44. Fighter Command Order of Battle September 7th 1940
  • Document 45. Fighter Command claims and losses for September 7th 1940

Page 37. September 7th 1940 - The Aftermath

  • Document 46. How a "Daily Telegraph" reporter saw the scene

Page 38. September 8th - September 9th 1940

  • Document 47. Heroes of the Civil Defence

Page 39. September 10th - September 11th 1940

  • Document 48. Churchill's broadcast to the nation on the invasion

Page 40. September 12th - September 14th 1940

Page 41. September 15th 1940 Morning

  • Document 49. Fighter Command Order of Battle Sept. 15th 1940/Luftwaffe OOB 7.9.40
  • Document 50. The "Daily Telegraph" Reports

Page 42. September 15th 1940 Afternoon

  • Document 51. The importance of September 15th 1940

Page 43. September 16th 1940

Page 44. September 17th 1940

Page 45. September 18th 1940

Page 46. September 19th 1940

Page 47. September 20th 1940

Page 48. September 21st 1940

Page 49. September 22nd 1940

Page 50. September 23rd 1940

Page 51. September 24th 1940

Page 52. The Battle is Won


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