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The Battle of Britain Is Won (1940)

The Battle of Britain was the first major German failure in World War II. The Royal Air Force (RAF), outgunned and outmanned, nevertheless defeated the German Luftwaffe and thwarted Hitler's plan for an amphibious invasion, which he had hoped would end the war quickly. The event was not only a testament to the courage of British pilots, but it also marked the first time a major battle was fought entirely in the air and featured the first use of radar in battle. Who were the "rows of idiots"? More...
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inexperienced RAF pilots needed firm leadership in the air only rigid formations could provide. German pilots dubbed the RAF formations Idiotenreihen ("rows of idiots") because they left squadrons vulnerable to attack.[
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I am always so impressed by the incredible bravery displayed by these brave young men from both sides of the war. I salute them all.
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"Idiotenreihen" ("rows of idiots")

A V formation (sometimes called a skein) is the symmetric V-shaped flight formation of flights of geese, ducks, and other migratory birds. V formations also improve the fuel efficiency of aircraft and are used on military flight missions.

In the early phases of the battle the RAF was hamstrung by its reliance on obsolete fighting drills. These restricted their squadrons to tight formations of three aircraft (or 'vics') and by-the-book attacks. The German pilots dubbed the vics "Idiotenreihen" ("rows of idiots") because they left squadrons vulnerable to attack. They employed the looser and more flexible four-ship 'finger four' developed in the Spanish Civil War. Eventually RAF pilots began to adopt the German formation with some success.

http://www.netcharles.com/orwell/articles/col-battleofbritain.htm
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thank god for radar
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Is it fair to say that Brittan pressed Germany, and the war is some kind of a blowback? The war definitely hastened Brittan's decline.
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A truly remarkable event that gave additional strength to a country under great stress and also, I believe, aided in encouraging the U.S. to enter the war.
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I believe it was Japan that inspired our commitment.
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