First came Kanalkampf

First came Kanalkampf, the Fight for the Channel, soon it will be Adlerangriff, Operation Eagle, the plan to destroy 11 Group Following up on Fuhrer Directive 16, Hitler approved Fuhrer Directive 17 on August 1st, 1940, 80 years ago. This directive authorized...

First came Kanalkampf

Squadron Leader Drew’s Grave Registration Album First came Kanalkampf The SS Highlander returned to port with a crashed He 115 on its deck Album First came Kanalkampf Ju 87 Stuka dive bomber Album First came Kanalkampf S/L Drew in happier days Album First came...

The Die is Cast

Führer Directive 16, July 16th, 1940Hitler launches Unternehmen SeelöweOperation Sea Lion On July 16th, 1940, 80 years ago, given the obdurate Mr. Churchill’s unwillingness to surrender without a fight, Adolf Hitler signed Führer Directive # 16, commanding...

The Calculus of Invasion

Now that France was lost, and only Britain still survived, each side worked feverishly to develop its plans for the invasion and defense of Britain. It would be one of the greatest match ups in military history, and perhaps the greatest air battle of all time....

Cataclysm

The triumphant Germans captured Paris on June 13th and accepted the formal surrender of France on June 25th. In the meantime, Mussolini’s Italy entered the war on June 10th, started bombing the island of Malta on June 11th, and invaded southern France on June 21st....