Isle of Man Post issued a special commemorative sheet to mark 75th Anniversary of the historic events of the summer of 1940 The Battle of Britain.
The commemorative sheet features the black and white photos from the course of events over the battle and the stunning artwork by the renowned aviation artist Keith Woodcock to commemorate the famous aerial battle.
The stamps are issued in conjunction with the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust.
The Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary
The Battle of Britain was fought in five phases and commenced on 10 July 1940.
By the middle of June 1940, France had surrendered to Germany, leaving Britain to stand alone against the power of Germany’s military forces which had already conquered most of Western Europe.
Hitler had hoped by this time that Britain would sue for peace but he underestimated the will and determination of Churchill and the British people.
Britain’s 54 squadrons with nearly 1000 fighters took to the skies in battle against the Luftwaffe’s huge air fleets of 1200 long range bombers, 1100 fighters and 400 dive bombers. Britain’s Fighter Command was made up of four groups which protected the South-East of England, Midlands and East Anglia.
By early October 1940 Britain had managed to thwart the attempt at supremacy in the air and the last official day of battle, 31 October, turned out to be the quietest with not a single aircraft of either air force lost.
The Battle of Britain led to Winston Churchill immortalising the bravery of the British & Allied pilots in his iconic speech when he said:
“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”
Title: The Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary IOM
Date of Issue: 17 July 2015
Country: Isle of Man
Denominations: 70p x 6
Source: IOM post
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