This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the first decisive battle in history which was fought entirely in the air.
From May to September 1940, German Luftwaffe planes attacked RAF airfields and their associated buildings and infrastructure, in an attempt to destroy Britain’s air defences, prior to a subsequent invasion of Britain by Germany’s land forces.
The Luftwaffe pilots were met by skill, determination and bravery from RAF pilots, who flew sortie after sortie throughout that summer, in a successful attempt to defeat their attackers. Their heroic action saved Britain from Hitler’s planned invasion.
Of the battle, Winston Churchill said:‘Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many, to so few’.
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, The Royal British Legion will be hosting a special coffee morning on Friday 11th September.
The event will be held from 10am to 12noon, at the Swindon Pop-in Centre, 52 – 54 Regent Street, Swindon, SN1 2JS.
Members of the public, veterans and serving personnel are encouraged to call in, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, and take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices made by the Few.
Legion staff and volunteers will be linking up with Swindon Heritage for its ‘Battle of Britain Vintage Day’ in the town centre on Saturday 12th September, from 10am to 5pm.
Visitors will be able to enjoy a variety of attractions, including full size replica Hurricane and Spitfire models, 40s music and dancing, vintage vehicles and more, and will also be able to learn about the valuable work of the Legion. Legion staff and volunteers will be based on the Parade, near Debenhams.
About the anniversary, Isobel Thompson, Advice and Information officer at the Royal British Legion, said:
‘We are honoured to remember the bravery of, and the sacrifices made by all air crews involved in the Battle of Britain, which by their actions became such a pivotal moment in the history of the Second World War’.
For further information visit: www.swindonheritage.com/swindon-remembers-home