1940
August 1stHitler decreed the Battle of Britain with the command “The German Air Force is to overcome the British Air Force with all means at its disposal, and as soon as possible.”
August 13th“Eagle Day”. The Luftwaffe launched its offensive against Britain, with 1,485 sorties. The Germans lost 45 ‘planes and the RAF 13.
August 15thA day of intense attacks. The Luftwaffe launched a total of 1,790 sorties and lose 75 ‘planes. The RAF lost 34.
August 17thThe Germans established an ‘operational area’ around Britain. In it, any ship was to be sunk without warning.
August 25thThe RAF launched its first raid on Berlin.
September 7thSome 300 German bombers, escorted by 600 fighters, attack London.
September 15thThe RAF claimed to have shot down 183 German ‘planes – a figure later found to be inflated.
September 17thHitler postponed “Operation Sealion” until further notice.
October 12th“Operation Sealion” postponed until 1941.

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