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The Uncomfortable Truth About The Battle of Britain

So this year marks the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, and as per usual when it regards things of a historical nature, the general public suffers from a grotesque form of collective amnesia. On the topic of the second world war though, I suppose you can expect that the hive-mind delusion will be multiplied past its normal expectation.

The Battle of Britain is a strange one. As a country we romanticise the idea of a few Spitfires holding back an entire invasion. We perpetuate the tale of us good-guy underdog British beating the evil Germans on our own turf, and whilst it was the British that won it, the true reasons for why we won or how we won, are not always revealed.

Don't get me wrong, I'm by no means belittling the role of the airmen and ground-crews responsible for defending Britain during WWII. Nor am I however prepared to call the Germans evil for their role in this part of the war either, it is what it is at the end of the day, but the Allied war-time propa…

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