The young men of the RAF went into the skies every day and night to shoot down bombers and fighters, losing a large percentage of their own forces in the process. They fought over the channel, the cities, the airfields, and the radar installations. The “Blitz” campaign against the cities began in earnest on August 1 and lasted till the end. The inspiring story of the Battle of Britain should not be forgotten, though it may seem the Christian civilization that seemed to be teetering at that time, remains in jeopardy in different ways today.
An Observer Corps spotter scans the skies of London
The Battle of Britain lasted until October 31, 1940, the people having witnessed huge air casualties on both sides, and the resort to terror bombing which killed or injured about 35,000 civilians. Churchill’s adamant refusal to give up heartened the people, unifying the defiance of the nation against Hitler’s Germany. And they did it alone, buying time and heartening the Allies to bring victory in 1945. Early battles and losses can be deceptive in regard to significance when put against a fighting spirit and will to win out. By God’s providence, Britain did just that.
View along the Thames River in London as smoke rises from the London docks after an air raid during the Blitz, September 7, 1940