As part of the air supremacy of the German Luftwaffe, on August 13, 1940, the German Air Force began the Battle of Britain, an intense aerial bombardment of strategic British cities and military installations. The battle is remembered as being the first engagement to be fought entirely by air forces, and was an ambitious attempt of the Nazis to gain superiority over Fighter Command. It was also the largest bombing campaign of the war up to that point. Because of the resolve of the Royal Air Force and British people, the plan was unsuccessful, and is considered by many historians to be the first major defeat for the Third Reich.
Today In History- August 13