History of War - - ISSUE 59 - Tim Wil­liamson

Although the heroic ‘Few’ hon­oured in Churchill’s fa­mous speech have rightly de­served the decades of lau­da­tion since 1940, this has ar­guably side­lined the sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion of the for­got­ten ‘many’ who sup­ported them.

His­tory Of War is­sue 59 ex­plores how the RAF’S ground crews and aux­il­iary forces kept Fighter Com­mand’s pi­lots in the air, form­ing a vi­tal sup­port net­work dur­ing per­ilous dog­fights with the Luft­waffe.

Thou­sands of me­chan­ics, ob­servers, fire­fight­ers and the brave ranks of the Women’s Aux­il­iary Air Force con­trib­uted to the de­fence of the UK. All were cru­cial in the cli­mac­tic vic­tory on 15 Septem­ber – now an­nu­ally com­mem­o­rated as Bat­tle of Bri­tain Day.

Mem­ber of RAF ground crew re­lax­ing in shade of the wing of a Hur­ri­cane fighter plane in be­tween sor­ties dur­ing the Bat­tle of Bri­tain

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