Royal Mail issued a Miniature sheet to commemorate 75th Anniversary of The Battle of Britain, the air campaign by Royal Air force during WW II.
The Miniature Sheet features the famous words about ‘The Few’ from Winston Churchill, who is shown at a coastal defence position near Hartlepool on 31 July 1940.
Never, in the field of human conflict, was so much owed by so many to so few.
The Battle of Britain
The Battle of Britain is the name given to the Second World War air campaign waged by the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) against the United Kingdom in 1940.
It was the battle against the German air force’s attempt to gain air superiority over the RAF from July to September 1940.
The German and British air forces clashed in the skies over the United Kingdom, locked in the largest sustained bombing campaign to that date.
The ultimate failure of the German Air Force was one of the turning points of World War II and prevented Germany from invading Britain.
The battle received its name from a speech Winston Churchill delivered to the British House of Commons on June 18, 1940, in which he stated “The Battle of France is over. I expect the Battle of Britain is about to begin.”
The six Special Stamps comprise archive images bearing the captions: Pilots scramble to their Hurricanes, Supermarine Spitfires on patrol, Armourer replaces ammunition boxes, Spotters of the Auxiliary Territorial Service, Operations Room at Bentley Priory, and Pilots of 32 Squadron await orders.
1st class stamps depicts
– Pilots Scramble! – RAF fighter pilots rush to their Hurricanes after receiving the ‘scramble’ call to engage enemy aircraft.
– Supermarine Spitfires of 610 Squadron, based at Biggin Hill, patrol the skies in close formation.
– Armourer Fred Roberts re-arms a Supermarine Spitfire while the pilot, Sergeant Bernard Jennings, talks to his mechanic.
£1.33 stamps depicts
– Spotters: Recruits of the Auxiliary Territorial Service receive their first lesson in identifying enemy aircraft.
– The Operations Room at Bentley Priory, the headquarters of Fighter Command, was part of a complex air defence system.
– Fighter Pilots of 32 Squadron relax between flying missions at RAF Hawkinge in Kent.
Title: 75th Anniversary of The Battle of Britain
Date of Issue: 16 July 2015
Country: Great Britain
Denominations: 1st class x 3, £1.33 x 3
Source: Royal Mail
All the images are Copyright of the respective postal administrations.
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