The Battle of Britain

The Battle of Britain was the first major campaign of World War Two to be fought entirely by air forces. It had lasted 3 months and 3 weeks, from 10th July to 31st October 1940.  It had an unusual distinction - it gained its name prior to being fought. The name was derived from a famous speech by Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the House of Commons on 18th June 1940:

"What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say: 'This was their finest hour.'"

Source: The CHURCHILL CENTRE

There was written countless numbers of books about the Battle of Britain and in 1969 there was recorded also movie Battle of Britain directed by Guy Hamilton. This movie  became the cult classic. An interesting article about the Battle of Britain movie can be found in the Flig ht 1969.

Therefore this section is dedicated to commemorate only to the Czechoslovak fighter pilots who took the part in the Battle of Britain.

 


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07/12/2018 10:22

B-24 Liberator Handbook - Volume 2

Added new page for book B-24 Liberator Handbook - Volume 2 I was heloing with.

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15/11/2018 21:33

Talk about Sgt Otakar Janůj

Short info with few photos has been added into section Talks about the talk "Sgt Otakar Janůj, 311 Squadron wireless operator" given at Municipal Library of Prague, Opatov Branch, on 15. 11. 2018  

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05/11/2018 12:48

Invitation to talk on 15.11.2018 added

Invitation to talk on 15.11.2018 in Prague-Opatov library added to main page. Theme - Czechoslovak airmen in the RAF with alignment on 311 Squadron and mostly on Wireless Operator Sgt Otakar Janůj.

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02/11/2018 17:19

Page "Poslední let Wellingtonu T2624" - updated

Page of book Poslední let Wellingtonu T2624 has been updated - added link to Slavičínský zpravodaj where an article about Otakar Jnůj has been published.

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02/11/2018 16:04

Photo appeal page updated

Thanks to help of this website visitors we were able to obtained photos of 3 Czechoslovak airmen whose faces were uknown to us and the list has been shortened. If you can help us with some more photos of airmen from the list please contact us on the...

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