GB 2015 009 Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary - blok

GB 2015 009 Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary - blok

The Battle of Britain during WorldWar II, was the German air force's attempt to gain air superiority over the RAF from July to September 1940. Their ultimate failure was one of the turning points of World War Two and prevented Germany from invading Britain.  It was a key turning point of the Second World War. 

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This miniature sheet commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.   The six stamps feature photographic imagery from this period, showing some of the many aspects of the battle and the people involved, including pilots, ground crew, observers and Operations Room staff.

The Battle of Britain itself lasted for over 3 months and 15 September became known as Battle of Britain Day as this was the day that the Luftwaffe launched its largest and most concentrated attack against London.  Around 1,500 aircraft took part in the air battles which lasted until dusk that day and proved to be the climax of the Battle of Britain.  The miniature sheet border features an image of Prime Minister Winston Churchill at a coastal defence position near Hartlepool on 31 July 1940, alongside his famous quotation about ‘the few’.