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Posted on Jul 20, 2010 in War College

MAP OF THE MONTH – Battle of Britain, 1940 – 41

By Armchair General

Animated map of the Battle of Britain courtesy of The Map as History.

Armchair General has partnered with The Map as History, a company that produces outstanding animated maps with accompanying narration. Each month, a link to one of their animated maps will be featured on the ACG site.

This month’s map explores the Battle of Britain and "the Blitz," Adolf Hitler’s air war 1940–41 that was intended to bring Britain to its knees. Winston Churchill praised the badly outnumbered Royal Air Force pilots, saying, "Never was so much owed to so few by so many."


Click on the map above to view animation.

To learn more about the Battle of Britain, click on the titles of online articles and period newsreels below.

Air Chief Marshall Sir Harry Broadhurst
Noted historian Carlo D’Este explores one of the RAF’s "most colorful and valiant airmen"

A Queen’s-Eye View of the London Blitz
Description of an attack written by Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, Queen Mother of England

Shadows of the Blitz in Today’s London
A tour of museums, monuments and surviving structures

Battle of Britain Newsreels
Video footage from newsreels of 1940–41



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