The Battle of Verdun
The Battle of Verdun
1940
August 1st Hitler 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 15th A day of intense attacks. The Luftwaffe launched a total of 1,790 sorties and lose 75 ‘planes. The RAF lost 34.
August 17th The Germans established an ‘operational area’ around Britain. In it, any ship was to be sunk without warning.
August 25th The RAF launched its first raid on Berlin.
September 7th Some 300 German bombers, escorted by 600 fighters, attack London.
September 15th The RAF claimed to have shot down 183 German ‘planes – a figure later found to be inflated.
September 17th Hitler postponed “Operation Sealion” until further notice.
October 12th “Operation Sealion” postponed until 1941.

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