the Battle of Britain was a failure for both the Germans and the British, but it seriously raised the confidence of the Allied
forces. The Battle of Britain marked the first time that the Nazis were stopped. Air control became key to the war. Though
the battle was considered small in the number of combatants and casualties, if the Germans had won the war would have taken
a very different path. The British victory marked the first failure of Hitler's “war machine”. The Battle
of Britain also changed the US’s opinion that the UK could not survive.
sides in the battle made exaggerated claims of numbers of enemy aircraft shot down. Generaly, claims were two to three times
the actual numbers, due to confusion in the whirling air battles.
historians believe that the it was not possible for the Lufftwaffe to win. Their numbers were not enough to accomplish beating
the British. Dowding and Park’s strategy had paid off in the end.
switch to a terror bombing strategy allowed the RAF to rebuild and defend against the attacks. Post-war records show that
British forces were being replaced faster than those of the Germans; the RAF maintained its strength even as the Luftwaffe's
declined. The Luftwaffe never really recovered from the losses or aricraft and experiences pilots.
narrow victory between victory or defeat was very possible for the RAF. But the terror strategy itself couldn’t destroy
Britain’s potential.The victory changed the pattern of losing over and over.
British triumph was not without cost of lives. Total British civilian losses from July to December 1940 were 23,002 dead and
32,138 wounded, with one of the largest single raids occurring on December
29, 1940, in which almost 3,000 civilians died.
Churchill summed up the effect of the battle and the contribution of the RAF in the immortal words: "Never in the field
of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few" (speech to the House of Commons on August
20 1940). Pilots who fought in the battle have been known as The Few ever since.
15 is celebrated in the United Kingdom as "Battle of Britain Day", marking the
compelling battles above London in daylight.