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Battle of Britain: 80th anniversary marked

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Westminster Abbey has held a memorial service marking 80 years since the Battle of Britain, in the venue's first major event since lockdown.

The battle, fought entirely in the air, was a dramatic turning point in World War Two.

The abbey has held a service of thanksgiving on Battle of Britain Sunday every year since 1944.

A flypast took place after the service, with a Hurricane and three Spitfires flying over central London.

This year's memorial service had significantly lower attendance and social distancing in place.

Fewer than 100 guests attended the service, which usually attracts about 2,000 people.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54222321

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stevewinn

Marvellous achievement in our history, and my god what a history it is.

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1 hour ago, stevewinn said:

Marvellous achievement in our history, and my god what a history it is.

The best in history so far.

And unfortunately we have politicians who would give it all away.

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7 hours ago, stevewinn said:

Marvellous achievement in our history, and my god what a history it is.

Sir Winston immortalized the spirit of that time with his speech.  It's pretty generally accepted here in America that the generation that won that struggle WAS our finest generation.

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Well we are friendly with Germany these days even though we haven`t completely forgiven them yet. We were number one until they really, really, went for it, and now are a mere fifth.

The Russians bore the brunt of the blood bath while we were protected by the English Channel. But it was touch and go with the Battle of Britain. They got the RAF within 11 hours of defeat. Basically, one more bombing run targeting our air force and they would have had air supremacy.

Fortunately Churchill enticed Hitler into switching targets. It saved us but at the cost of many civilians. That gave the RAF enough time to fix the runways, get new radar masts up, and bring in new fighters off the production line. Then it was up and up for us. Our major advantage was that whenever a pilot ejected they were parachuting on British land. So we could get our boys straight back up, while the German ones we removed from the war as POWs.

Bravo! Well done old chaps! A close shave but we won!

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