5,000 gather to mark Bat­tle of Bri­tain

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

LONDON — Bri­tish vet­er­ans of the Bat­tle of Bri­tain, the fu­ri­ous World War II aerial con­flict be­tween Bri­tain and Ger­many in 1940, joined in a cer­e­mony mark­ing the 70th an­niver­sary of the bat­tle. About 5,000 peo­ple con­verged at the Bat­tle of Bri­tain me­mo­rial at Capelle-Ferne. A spokesman said 19 vet­er­ans of the bat­tle, which raged from July 10 to Oct. 31, at­tended. “The Bat­tle of Bri­tain was, for this coun­try, ar­guably the most im­por­tant bat­tle of the 20th cen­tury,” said Group Capt. Pa­trick Tootal, sec­re­tary of the Me­mo­rial Trust.

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