Our airborne superiority was crucial in preventing the Nazi invasion of Britain
, with the PM saying: 'Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.' 1964 22 AUGUST Match Of The Day first aired on BBC2.
| A key moment in RAF history was the Battle of Britain in World War II, as it was the first major battle to be fought entirely by air and was a critical factor in preventing a Nazi invasion of Britain
. | Lasting from July 10 to October 31, 1940, the Luftwaffe had about 3,000 fighters and bombers pitted against the RAF's 1,200.
Even then, he says, air power was used almost exclusively to support land and naval operations until 1940, when air power alone was given credit for stopping a Nazi invasion of Britain
. Other Western powers began creating their own air forces shortly after.
Oliver was born Victor Oliver von Samek in Austria and, because he was Jewish, appeared on Hitler's blacklist of people to be killed following a successful Nazi invasion of Britain
. Churchill and his wife Clementine disapproved of the marriage, believing Oliver to be superficial and self serving.
Had the planned Nazi invasion of Britain
succeeded in 1940, editors on a Gestapo hit list included those of The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Daily Mail, The Beano and The Dandy.
AGENTS READY FOR NAZI INVASION MI6 established a secret network of "stay behind" agents to spy on the Germans in the event of a successful Nazi invasion of Britain
, the service's history shows.