About The Monument
The initial idea for the monument came from the Battle of
Britain Historical Society who felt it was important to recognise
one of the key battles of World War II. If we had lost that battle
there was a good chance that we would have lost the war. The
Society believed that such a tremendous achievement had not been
properly recognised and wanted to address the lack of awareness
of the battle and its importance amongst subsequent generations.
We are extremely grateful to Westminster Council who
donated a superb site on the Victoria Embankment. The location
is on the north side of the river Thames between the RAF Memorial
and Westminster bridge.
The site is based on an existing panelled granite structure
25 metres long. This structure was originally designed as a smoke
outlet for underground trains when they were powered by steam
engines and had been filled up and blocked for many years.
A walkway was cut obliquely through the middle of the
existing structure and bronze reliefs, depicting aspects of
the Battle in the air and the back-up on the ground, are positioned along either side. Bronze plaques holding in raised
relief the names and ranks of the airmen who took part in the battle are mounted around the outside of the monument, the airmen's names being grouped
under their respective countries.
More details and images about the site
The sculptor's vision - from Paul
Project Progress index page