Battle of Britain and Operation Sealion
Presentation and Book Signing by Harry Sherrard
Sunday, December 8
11 am – 12:00 pm
The summer of 1940 was an epic period of British history. Faced with an invasion by Nazi Germany, an unprepared Britain seemed vulnerable, after the German war machine had conquered Western Europe in a matter of weeks. The German aerial attack on southern England which ensued became known as the Battle of Britain, and the contest between the RAF’s Spitfires and Hurricanes and the Luftwaffe’s Messerschmitts and Stukas was immortalised by the stirring rhetoric of Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s famous speech, in which he proclaimed that “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed, by so many, to so few”.
But the story of that summer is greater than the achievements of Fighter Command alone. Bomber Command, the Royal Navy, the Army and the whole British population pulled together in an unprecedented effort to deter and, if necessary, repel Operation Sealion, the Germans’ cross channel invasion plan.
Harry Sherrard is a British historian, writer and speaker, with a specialisation in this period of history. His presentation on the Battle of Britain and Operation Sealion takes a different and broader perspective on Britain’s “Finest Hour”, giving credit to less well known British anti invasion measures, as well as honouring the legendary “Few” of Fighter Command. Harry’s website is www.harrysherrard.com.