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Battle of Britain


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Basic info on the Battle of Britain. Mostly pics

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Battle of Britain

  1. 1. The Battle of Britain “ Britain’s Finest Hour”
  2. 2. With the Fall of France - Britain is next in line for German Invasion
  3. 3. The Basics <ul><li>“ The Battle of Britain” is an all Air battle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Germany wants to invade Britain (Operation Sealion) </li></ul></ul>Before they can invade, the German Luftwaffe must destroy the Royal Air Force (RAF)
  4. 4. RAF Hawker “Hurricane” <ul><li>Royal Air Force (RAF) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>640 fighters </li></ul></ul>German Luftwaffe 2600 bombers and fighters German Stukas A bit lopsided isn’t it? The Forces German ME-109 RAF Spitfire
  5. 5. <ul><li>The British are fighting over their own territory. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Closer to home means they can stay in the air longer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If shot down they are safe </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Not so for the Germans – they get captured </li></ul></ul></ul>However…
  6. 6. And the Brits have this
  7. 7. RAF defeats the Luftwaffe <ul><li>“ Never in the field of human endeavor have so many owed so much to so few” </li></ul><ul><li>Winston Churchill speaking about the RAF in the Battle of Britain </li></ul>                                                                                                    
  8. 8. Paris Goering you Idiot! That’s TWICE you failed me!! That’s it, I’m taking you off my Christmas card list!! Had enough you Germanic Pansies!?? Time is on our side I’m so annoyed! I have to invade something to calm my nerves. Well sir, there is always Russia
  9. 9. Hitler abandons plans to invade Britain But he is not done yet
  10. 10. Hitler my friend, I am off to invade Greece Have fun! Don’t forget to shoot the Communists!
  11. 11. Mussolini invades Greece <ul><li>And promptly begins to lose to the Greeks, backed up by the British </li></ul>
  12. 12. Hitler my friend, I could use some help here Oh for crying out loud!
  13. 13. And so Germany goes to help Italy conquer Greece <ul><li>And then keeps going and takes Crete </li></ul><ul><ul><li>and most of North Africa </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. My Third Reich is pretty big – but we still need more living space British troops hold back the Germans from the Suez Canal German Afrika Korps Suez canal
  15. 15. Erwin Rommel “The Desert Fox” British Field Marshal Montgomery Leaders in the North African Campaign                                                         
  16. 16. 1941 1943
  17. 17. A back and forth battle for North Africa 'A different kind of war. There were no civvies (civilians)mixed up in it. It was clean. When we took prisoners we treated them fine and they treated us fine. We had a go at them, and they had a go at us … a good clean war” El Alamien
  18. 18. A back and forth battle for North Africa