History of the Battle of Britain
"NEVER IN THE FIELD OF HUMAN CONFLICT
WAS SO MUCH OWED BY SO MANY TO SO FEW."
Winston Churchill, 20 August 1940
In June 1940 the forces of the Third Reich stood poised to invade
the British Isles. Conquerors of France, Belgium, Holland, Denmark
and Luxembourg, only Britain stood between Hitler and total domination
of Western Europe.
Before an invasion could be launched it was necessary for the German
Luftwaffe to gain control of the skies over the Channel, London
and southern England. The Luftwaffe were combat hardened following
bombing campaigns in Spain, France, Poland and the Low countries
compared with the allied pilots who lacked experience and were greatly
The pilots of the fledgling RAF Fighter Command fought bravely
and tenaciously eventually overcoming the Luftwaffe and causing
the Germans to postpone and eventually cancel their invasion plans.
Of the 2,936 British, European and Commonwealth airmen, 544 lost
their lives during the battle and a further 795 did not live to
see the final victory in 1945.
The Battle took place in the period between 10th July and 31st
It is in honour of the spirit and sacrifice of "the Few"
as they are immortalised that this monument will be erected.
See the Battle
of Britain Historical Society site for more details on the Battle