BATTLE OF BRITAIN 80th ANNIVERSARY PAGE
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Winding September's 80th Anniversary "Battle of Britain" commemorative offerings this weekend with some superb and extremely rare one-of-a-kind pieces that I hope everyone will enjoy looking at. Battle of Britain collectibles continue to increase in value and interest, which isn't really so surprising. It remains one of the single most significant moments in British history (along with Trafalgar and Waterloo) and one of the pivotal events of WWII. Perhaps author Len Deighton put it best, when asked why he considered the Battle of Britain the most important battle of WWII, he replied, "Without the Battle of Britain, what other battles would there have been?
RAF OPs Room table plotters and markers.
Used on the huge plotting tables at Ops Rooms on RAF Stations all over Southern England in 1940 and throughout the Blitz, these small but highly significant plotting markers and numbered tiles were mounted on blocks of wood or metal and could be moved around as instructed to enable those in charge on the ground to direct RAF fighters to where they were needed. Tiles were made of metal and plastic and indicated types, numbers, altitude and direction of enemy aircraft formations.
Number tiles (metal) for mounting on wood blocks:
12, 15+, 24 each $125/ £95 / €105
Plastic ID tiles (Hostile- black on yellow):
M, H, I, 9, 5 each $75 / £60 / €65
Plastic ID tiles (Friendly-red on white):
B, F each $75 / £60 / €65
Plastic number tiles:
719, 399 each $75 / £60 / €65
Strength tile with red "flag" and block flag (detached):
Metal post with plastic flag and number 4 tile: