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Britain in NW Europe September 1939 - June 1944

The Western Front of the European Theatre of World War II encompassed Denmark, Norway, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, France, and Western Germany. World War II military engagements in Southern Europe and elsewhere are generally considered under separate headings. The Western Front was marked by two phases of large-scale combat operations. The first phase saw the capitulation of the Netherlands, Belgium and France during May and June 1940 after their defeat in the Low Countries and the northern half of France, and continued into an air war between Germany and Britain that climaxed with the Battle of Britain. The second phase consisted of large-scale ground combat, which began in June 1944 with the Allied landings in Normandy and continued until the in May 1945.

Operation Colossus 1941

Operation Colossus 1941

Operation Colossus was the codename given to the first airborneoperation undertaken by the British military, which occurred on 10 February 1941. The target chosen for the operation was a fresh-water aqueduct ...
St Nazaire 1942

St Nazaire 1942

The raid on the port of St Nazaire in March 1942 by a sea-borne task force from British Combined Operations, remains one of the most daring actions of the Second World War. The port lies at the mouth of ...
Dieppe 1942

Dieppe 1942

The Dieppe raid of August 1942 is one of the most controversial actions of the Second World War. Operation 'Jubilee' was a frontal assault on a fortified port, landing the latest equipment and armour directly ...

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