Battle of Britain

World War II: Blitzkrieg

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Battle of Britain

World War II in Europe from the fall of Poland to Stalingrad (7 September 1940)

Historical Map of Europe & the Mediterranean

After the French collapse, a pro-German government took power in southern France. Britain was now Hitler's only remaining European enemy. Over the next four months, Germany launched continuous air attacks in an attempt to force the British to come to terms.

Main Events

French government moves to Vichy

British attack on French fleet at Mers el Kebir

Battle of Britain

Second Vienna Award grants part of Transylvania to Hungary

Destroyers for Bases Agreement

The United States and the United Kingdom signed the Destroyers for Bases Agreement, agreeing to the immediate transfer of fifty mothballed Caldwell, Clemson, and Wickes-class US Navy destroyers from the US Navy to the Royal Navy. In exchange, the British gave the US land rights for air and naval bases in the British possessions of Newfoundland, the Bahamas, Jamaica, British Guiana, and the Leeward and Windward Islands. The US also gained air and naval base rights in the Great Sound and Castle Harbour, Bermuda, and the south and eastern coasts of Newfoundland.

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