Eighty years on. 18th August 1940


Haze in the morning over southern England gave way to good flying weather.  The Germans launched staged attacks against key RAF Fighter Command airfields at Kenley and Biggin Hill.  However, the Luftwaffe formations did not arrive over the target on schedule.  Kenley was subjected to devastating bombing, but Hurricanes of 111 Squadron wreaked havoc on the bombers which got ahead of their escorts.  Hurricanes of 32 and Spitfires of 610 Squadron broke up the attack on Biggin Hill and most of the bombers miss their target.   The RAF lost 22 fighters but claimed 140 German planes shot down.  By this point in the Battle of Britain the British newspapers were reporting aircraft losses like cricket scores.  The Germans were also overestimating their success. According to Wikipedia the scores were: German losses 69, British 29.  Another source quotes 67 to 33, with 29 more RAF aircraft destroyed on the ground.  Whatever the scores this was one of the hardest fought air battles of the campaign.

Authors note:  As is clear from the above, numbers quoted on this site are the best that I can find without detailed research into archives.  Nothing that I publish should be quoted as fact without further corroboration.

In British Somaliland, East Africa, the troopships Chakdina, Chantala, Laomedon and Akbar and the hospital ship Vita left Berbera carrying British troops to Aden.  In total 7,000 people, including civilians, were evacuated.  The Australian cruiser HMAS Hobart remained to collect stragglers and destroy vehicles, fuel and stores.  The Somalis of the Somaliland Camel Corps chose to remain instead of evacuating and were allowed to keep their weapons.

Game day 353.  Free France

The Free French, under General Charles de Gaulle, had their headquarters in Britain, and the support of four former French colonial territories:  Algeria, French Indo-China, French West Africa and Syria.

A new industrial complex was completed in French Indo-China.

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General Whiskers

Wargaming butterfly (mainly solo), unpainted model figure amasser, and Historical Re-enactor of the black powder era.

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