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September 15, 2016



Could Battle of Britain Day (September 15) also be known as International Anti-Nazi Task Force Day?

I was brought up on the mythology of the Battle of Britain and consequent (or overlapping Blitz).  Both my parents were evacuated during the war, from Liverpool and London.  The house I grew up in was the only 1950s house in a road full of c. 1900 houses.  When I was but a tiny wee thing, my ma picked me up and rushed down to the end of the street so that we could both watch Edward Fox parachute into a back garden where he could be offered a cigarette in a memorable scene from Battle of Britain, the movie.

September 15th gets privileged because it was the day that the Luftwaffe really threw the kitchen sink at the RAF, hit them with everything they got, and were to be disappointed.  Seventy Five years…

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