BMMHS Zoom Afternoon Talk: The Battle of Britain 80 years on

Speaker: Chris Leworthy

The Battle of Britain 80 years on

This Zoom Talk will be scheduled to start at 2:00pm

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The Battle of Britain 80 years on.​

With the 80th Anniversary of the Battle falling in 2020, it is entirely appropriate to remember the challenges, the threats and just what happened during that summer, which, in a few short months saw German occupation of Northern Europe, the Low Countries and Norway, Operation Dynamo, and the crucial and vicious 31/2 months of the Battle of Britain. The talk will cover:

  • the political background
  • the key personalities
  • the Dowding Interception system and its key role
  • the start of the battle
  • the four stages of the battle
  • September 15th – objectives, the two major raids, the outcome
  • conclusions
Battle of Britain
THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN 1940 (HU 49253) Operations: Pilots seen running to their aircraft. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source:

About the Speaker - Chris Leworthy

After retiring, Chris Leworthy decided to indulge his interest in Military History by reading, visiting and, most importantly, volunteering. After spells at the Churchill War Rooms and the Historic Dockyard, his increasing interest in the air war between 1939-45, led him to be approved as a Guide at the Battle of Britain Bunker at Uxbridge where, during normal times, he would lecture to groups of visitors on the key role played by those at the Bunker. He now conducts talks to various groups such as Probus, U3A and historical gatherings via Zoom.


Chris is married, with two adult children and lives in Berkshire. His other interests include dog walking, gardening, rugby, theatre and trying to avoid watching the news.

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