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Map reveals impact of all the bombs that fell on UK in World War IIA researcher from the University of York used wartime intelligence reports to compile the Bombing Britain database which shows more than 30,000 locations hit in Luftwaffe strikes. ...

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7 October 1940

A symbolic photograph of a British soldier standing guard on a beach in southern England.

British anti-invasion preparations of the Second World War entailed a large-scale division of military and civilian mobilisation in response to the threat of invasion by German armed forces in 1940 and 1941. The British army needed to recover from the defeat of the British Expeditionary Force in France, and 1.5 million men were enrolled as part-time soldiers in the Home Guard. The rapid construction of field fortifications transformed much of the United Kingdom, especially southern England, into a prepared battlefield. The German invasion plan, 'Operation Sea Lion', was never taken beyond the preliminary assembly of forces. Today, little remains of Britain's anti-invasion preparations; only reinforced concrete structures such as pillboxes are commonly found.

The Battle of Britain had been won, and on 12 October 1940, unknown to the British, Hitler rescheduled 'Sea lion' for early 1941. By then, the state of Britain's defences had much improved, with many more trained and equipped men becoming available and field fortifications reaching a high state of readiness. With national confidence rising, Prime Minister Churchill was able to say: "We are waiting for the long promised invasion. So are the fishes ..."

(Photo source - © IWM H 4610)
War Office official photographer
Malindine E G (Lt)

(Colour by Royston Leonard)
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A very poignant picture I saw earlier, credit to the artist Aaron de la haye and to Falkland Islander Fred Short for posting....

Lest We Forget!
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We Shall Remember Them#Arnhem75: Today as many leave Arnhem we think of the ‘Airborne Carpet’ who never came home, and now guard the old Drop Zones for all time. No man can give more than his own life to defeat tyranny, and these gave all.

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