World War: BATTLE OF BRITAIN: Stroke at the Root

When Air Marshal Sir Charles Frederick Algernon Portal was made Chief of Air Staff last October, the choice was hailed as an indication that Britain was preparing to take the offensive against the Luftwaffe. For Sir Charles was previously head of the Bomber Command—an expert in carrying the fight to the enemy.

Last week the R. A. F. did turn on an offensive. This was not the famous Portal Master Plan—bombing industrial bottlenecks all over Germany and Italy. This was an offensive with an immediate military aim: disrupting German preparations for invasion of the British Isles.

In a week when German planes...

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