IWM (Imperial War Museums) announces plans to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the Blitz with a major Battle of Britain Anniversary Air Show at IWM Duxford (19 and 20 September), new exhibition Duxford’s People in the Battle of Britain (21 August) as well as the large-scale family exhibition – Horrible Histories®: Blitzed Brits at IWM North (opens 11 July).
Summer 1940 impacted on the lives of civilians and military personnel in new and unprecedented ways.
From 10 July the Battle of Britain began, as Britain’s pilots became under attack from the Luftwaffe in an attempt to gain air superiority.
The fighting reached its peak on 15 September which was seen as an overwhelming and decisive defeat of the Luftwaffe and is now known as ‘Battle of Britain Day’
By 7 September the Nazi tactics switched to strategic bombing of towns and cities, the Blitz had begun and would continue to affect millions of civilians until May 1941.
Key Facts and History can be found on our Factsheet about the History of Battle of Britain and the Blitz