The Aeroplane News from February 1940

Ben Dunnell looks back 80 years to see how The Aeroplane covered the momentous events of 1940

2 February 1940

"One of the most serious winters of this century, affecting the whole of Europe, has slowed up the already slow tempo of the Wars in the Air until they have almost ceased” So began The Aeroplane’s latest weekly update on the progress of the aerial conflict, one in which there wasn’t much to update. "In fact” it went on, "the present stage is largely a period of marking time by the Air Forces of both sides in the War in the West; a period which each Command is attempting to put to the best use against the day when well-found aeroplanes and crews accustomed to working together as units on active service will be called upon for a sustained effort.”

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