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THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN AS IT REALLY WAS

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Author(s): Rolls Royce Rolls Royce Magazine

Journal: Scientia Militaria : South African Journal of Military Studies
ISSN 2224-0020

Volume: 20;
Issue: 4;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Battle of Britain | southern England | German aircraft | Luftwaffe | The Battle was Hitler's first major reverse | The Royal Air Force | German errors

ABSTRACT
Fifty years ago the Battle of Britain was fought in the skies over southern England, Historians have analysed the Battle in detail, and as a result some of its mystique has been torn away. For example, the RAF's claim that 185 German aircraft were shot down on 15 September 1940 was highly inaccurate; in fact the Luftwaffe lost only about 60 bombers and fighters on that day. But there are some certainties: The Battle was Hitler's first major reverse in the 1939-45 war, and it meant that Britain did not go the way of the countries in continental Europe which had been conquered in 1939 and in 1940 . It was a very close thing. The Royal Air Force was helped by good equipment, radar, the benefit of fighting over home territory, and German errors.

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