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On This Day… The Day The Blitz Began

Written by: George Chittenden : 31 May 2019

It was on this day, 7th Sept, back in 1940 when Nazi Germany began their sustained aerial bombing campaign against Britain during World War Two. The bombing campaign was nicknamed ‘The Blitz’ by the British press, which in German means 'The lightning'. Hitler’s plan was to soften up the British and destroy their morale prior to a planned invasion. To be fair though, nothing about the Blitz was soft. In one single day the Luftwaffe dropped 5,300 tonnes of high explosives on the British capital.

Londoners sheltering in the underground

Londoners sheltering in the underground

The bombing campaign lasted for eight months and cost the lives of approximately 43,000 civilians. Eventually Hitler turned his attention elsewhere and focused on his plans for a Russian invasion in May 1941. This was down to the bravery of pilots who maintained air-superiority throughout the Battle of Britain making an invasion of Britain an act of suicide for Germany. Today we thank the 145 battle-hardened Polish airmen who fought in the Battle of Britain alongside their RAF counterparts. Lest we forget.

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