Check Six! The Battle of Britain in hindsight

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“Check Six” alludes to the 12 positions on a clock face that aircrew use to readily identify where an enemy aircraft is located; “check six” means “check six o’clock” – in other words, directly behind yourself and your aircraft.

Historians love to argue about the significance of past events, and the Battle of Britain is no exception. Although there is general agreement that preventing the Luftwaffe from gaining control of the skies over England and the Channel led to the cancellation of the planned invasion and that it was the first serious defeat of German forces in the Second World War, opinions quickly diverge with respect to the follow-on effects of that defeat. Read the rest of the article . . .

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