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80th Anniversary of The Death of Commandant René Mouchotte

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August 27, 2023 is the 80th anniversary of Commandant René Mouchotte’s death. In order to join the Free French Forces, Mouchotte and five colleagues escaped the Vichy Francecontrolled Oran, Algeria, in 1940 by flying a partly disabled plane to Gibraltar. …

80 years on from the Battle of Britain, what lessons are we still trying to learn?

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WAAF plotters at work in the underground Operations Room at HQ Fighter Command, Bentley Priory, in north-west London. A senior officer studies the unfolding events from the viewing deck above.

The Dowding System was key in securing Britain’s victory in the skies during World War II, as it brought together technology, ground defences, and fighter aircraft and turned them into a unified system of defence. But what lessons does it hold today?