When France collapsed, it was anticipated that Britain would be next. However, as the Bromley & District Times reported in August 1940, both the R.A.F. and anti-aircraft gunners, although less in numbers, were vastly superior and stronger, managing to keep enemy at bay. German planes not brought down were sent reeling home, damaged and diminished.
The Battle of Britain had begun…
The Battle of Britain is on.
It has not begun in the way many people expected. When France collapsed so tragically, through the weakness and treachery of her new leaders, most of us anticipated a sudden large-scale invasion of this country.
It was believed that the enemy, taking advantage of our disorganisation through the evacuation of our troops from Flanders and France, would strike an overwhelming lightning blow at us. that did not materialise, and while the possibility of attempted invasion has not disappeared, we know that the respite has been used to reassemble our forces and strengthen our defences to such an extent that for the enemy to ___ a landing on our shores will be an exceedingly hazardous enterprise.
Nevertheless, although invasion has not been attempted so far, the Battle Britain is on. Preliminary skirmishes in the form of sporadic air raids have been followed during the past week by mass serial attacks of enormous proportions.
Hundreds of aircraft, following wave upon wave, have approached our coasts and have been engaged daily in great combats with the machines of the R.A.F.
Our fights have made up for some inferiority in numbers by their vastly superior quality. They have emerged brilliantly from every contest, and they and our anti-aircraft gunners have brought down large numbers of German aeroplanes – and sent enemy squadrons reeling home, damaged and diminished, day after day.