NON-STOP OFFENSIVE

BRITAIN’S IMMEDIATE RESPONSE TO OPERATION ‘BARBAROSSA’ WAS TO INCREASE FIGHTER COMMAND’S OFFENSIVE OVER FRANCE. ANDREW THOMAS OUTLINES A COSTLY CAMPAIGN

img_88-1_11.jpg
On June 22 Sgt Tommy Rigler of 609 Squadron was credited with three victories on a cross-Channel Circus. 603 SQUADRON ASSOCIATION
img_88-2_7.jpg
F/Sgt Don Kingaby, a very successful pilot with 92 Squadron. VIA C F SHORES

Winston Churchill broadcast 1941. It had not been lost on the great statesman and historian that 129 years before, to the very day, Napoleon had launched his ill-fated invasion of Russia.

Now history was repeating itself, Hitler had unleashed Operation ‘Barbarossa’, a massive offensive across a vast front against his former ally, the Soviet Union.

Become a Premium Member to Read More

This is a premium article and requires an active Key.Aero subscription to view.

I’m an existing member, sign me in!

I don’t have a subscription…

Enjoy the following subscriber only benefits:

  • Unlimited access to all KeyAero content
  • Exclusive in-depth articles and analysis, videos, quizzes added daily
  • A fully searchable archive – boasting hundreds of thousands of pieces of quality aviation content
  • Access to read all our leading aviation magazines online - meaning you can enjoy the likes of FlyPast, Aeroplane Monthly, AirForces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, Aviation News, Airports of the World, PC Pilot and Airliner World - as soon as they leave the editor’s desk.
  • Access on any device- anywhere, anytime
  • Choose from our offers below