French soldiers man a Hotchkiss M1914 machine gun and watch the skies for enemy German aircraft during the Phoney War. The Phoney War was a phase early in the war that was marked by a lack of major military operations by the U.K. and France against Germany. The phase covered the months following Britain and France’s declaration of war on Germany shortly after Germany’s invasion of Poland in September 1939 and preceding the Battle of France in May 1940. Although war was declared by each side…
GLADIATORS 2 Newer Older Gloster Gladiators and crews of No.615 Squadron in France during the Phoney War.1940 2 Newer Older Gloster Gladiators and crews of No.615 Squadron in France during the Phoney War...1940
Hawker Hurricane H-30 heading a line up of 2/I/2Aé (Chardon/Thistle) fighters at Schaffen-Diest during the "Drôle de Guerre" (Phoney War) in 1939. The aircraft in the background are the Gloster Gladiators I of 1/I/1Aé (Comet) also based at Schaffen.
Edgar Kain-Nickname "Cobber" Kain began flying operational sorties during the Phoney War period. He gained No. 73 Squadron's, and his, first victory in November 1939. A second followed days later. In March he had claimed his fifth victory and became a fighter ace—a pilot credited with five or more enemy aircraft destroyed in aerial combat—and the first recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross in the Second World War.
Churchill becomes Prime Minister 10 May 1940 Friday 10 May 1940 was one of the most dramatic days in British history. The government was in disarray as Winston Churchill became PM and, on the continent, Germany ended the Phoney War by invading the Low Countries. Photo: Churchill leaving Downing St with Sir Kingsley Wood and Anthony Eden