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A bomb crater in Londonís strand in 1940
A bomb crater in Londonís strand in 1940


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15 Sep 1940: The BBCís Alvar Liddell reads the midnight news.

PROPAGANDA

On the 15th September more than 1,000 enemy aircraft carried out a day and night attack on London - it was a day of very heavy fighting and later became commemorated as Battle of Britain day. The RAF announced that they had shot down 175 enemy aircraft - the figure was wildly inaccurate - the real number that the Germans had lost was closer to 56 - but the inflated numbers were accepted at the time as both sides fought a propaganda battle as well as a military war. The Spitfire summer was nearing its end.

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