Stories of the Battle of Britain – Introduction to the Series

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Stories of the Battle of Britain

Introduction to the Series

I have been long contemplating commemorating the 70th Anniversary ot the Battle of Britain in a special way, and I have decided: I am post-blogging the events of the Battle as they unveiled 70 years ago. Read more inside.

This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, a pivotal event in the history of World War II and one with which the Spitfire will forever be associated.

Commemorating Britain’s Finest Hour

I have been long contemplating commemorating it in a special way on the pages of the Spitfire Site, and I have decided: I will be post-blogging the events of the Battle as they unveiled 70 years ago. The name of this article series is Stories of  the Battle of Britain.

My aim is a better understanding of the developments of 1940 by setting them in proper perspective of time and sequence. Rather than enumerating the facts, I will be frequently focusing on small history: picking anecdotes, personal stories, experiences of people. Indeed, there are so many interesting stories to tell about the months and days that came to be known as Britain’s Finest Hour.

All posts will be grouped on the category page “Battle of Britain”, to be found on the navigation menu in the leftmost column of this page, or through this link:

Stories of the Battle of Britain

The aim is building up the series with one or two posts a week; at least this is as much as I dare to plan for. But there’ll be other authors to help: Brett Holman of Airminded, the prolific aviation history blog, has kindly agreed to share some of the effort, mostly around the German Blitz in the later part of the period. Other blogers are kindly invited to join! Some of our posts will be guest posts written by our many friends – and please remember that contributions are always received with gratitude.

Last but not least, we will be linking to other blogs and resources related to the decribed events.

As of this writing, I have already completed over 20 stories: on Dunkirk evacuation, Churchill’s speechesfirst RAF fighter aces, Ministry of Aircraft Production and preparations for the German invasion, among others. There’ll be many more.

Enjoy, and please support this initiative through your feedback and comments. Oh, and don’t forget to subscribe to our RSS Feed to receive automatic updates!

10 Comments | Add New

By Jim Watts  |  2010-06-15 at 23:13  |  permalink

Hi Martin,

This is a great idea and I have been following your BoB posts, some really enlightening stuff, I really appreciate it. Great work. Thanks for doing this.

Cheers

Jim

By Rory Curtis  |  2010-06-22 at 02:17  |  permalink

Jim
If this interests you, please see my daily blog on WWII day-by-day from 70 years ago.

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=124704405753
http://worldwar2daybyday.blogspot.com/

By Editor  |  2010-06-16 at 18:17  |  permalink

Jim,

Thanks very much for the encouragement, it means much to me. Indeed, my list of interesting stories to mention on this blog is getting ever-longer, at least for June, which was extremely busy with important events.

By Rory Curtis  |  2010-06-22 at 02:16  |  permalink

I will be doing the same, on a daily basis, as part of my daily blog on the entirety of WWII.

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=124704405753
http://worldwar2daybyday.blogspot.com/

What is the consensus on which day BoB started? Many places list July 10. July 13 is also mentioned, as it was Goring’s “Eagle Day”. I am keen to know other’s thoughts on this.

Cheers, Rory

By Editor  |  2010-06-22 at 07:44  |  permalink

Rory,

Very glad to see your comment here. Your blog is quite an undertaking! I have found it myself on FB a few weeks ago and already it has been very helpful.

I have added your blogspot link to the blogroll at the BoB page.
Keep up the good work.
/Martin

By Editor  |  2010-06-23 at 17:33  |  permalink

Forgot to add. July 10 is currently rather commonly considered to be the first day of the Battle. Interestingly, back in 1941 when the Air Ministry issued their first public account of the battle, they considered August 8 to be its starting point – disregarding the “Kanalkampf” phase.

By David Fortes  |  2010-07-07 at 18:20  |  permalink

Your BoB blog is a fine contribution to the 70th anniversary events, full of truly fascinating and, I imagine, not so well known facts from history. It succeeds in giving a strong sense of “living” at that time, as the events unfolded during the fateful summer. Just one suggestion: there are a number of continuing typos that do jar a bit while reading. Maybe get someone to do a pre-posting proofreading there?

By George Hill  |  2010-09-04 at 11:13  |  permalink

I have located a recording of Winston Churchill’s famous speech which he gave on August 20 1940 online at:

http://www.fiftiesweb.com/usa/churchill-so-many.mp3

Perhaps some would like to hear it.

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