‘A Disgraceful Episode’

On 4 July 1940, the Luftwaffe struck a major blow in its first attempts to secure air supremacy in the English Channel when Junkers 87 Stukas attacked a convoy off Portland and the naval base itself. There were still six days to go before the Battle of Britain ‘officially’ commenced, but the day saw both heroism and a massive loss of life sustained during German air attacks, as Andy Saunders relates.

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