August 18 - 1940 - The Hardest Day
The Battle of Britain was a gigantic air battle that raged throughout the summer of 1940, with Nazi Luftwaffe bombers hitting targets in England and British Royal Air Force planes attempting to turn them back. The Third Reich only had Britain in front of them to control Europe and desired to soften up Britain's defenses before invading. The day of August 18 saw the heaviest Luftwaffe bombing, but like the rest of the Battle of Britain, the RAF did enough damage to prevent more German successes. This made it forever known as "The Hardest Day" in the defense of Britain during the Battle of Britain.