5,000 gather to mark Battle of Britain
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.