Battle of Britain 70th Anniversary
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These pages catalogue the official reports of the most important event in Royal Air Force history; the Battle fought over Britain between the 10th July and 31st October 1940. The complete Fighter Command Operational Diaries for the period have been published in full, day by day over the whole period of the Battle.
Supporting this official text is a series of pages detailing such facets of the Battle as the Commanders, the Aircraft and the changes in Tactics on both sides as the situation developed.
Although some of the Fighter Command claims of the time (i.e. numbers of German aircraft shot down etc.) have since been proved to be greatly exaggerated on some days, it nevertheless does give a unique insight into the RAF's perspective of the Battle of Britain.
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Galleries of some of the best historical photographs from the Service archives.
The Second World War began on 1 September 1939 when Germany invaded Poland.