Colin Greenwood

The power behind The Few: Rolls-Royce’s Merlin engine

Graham Hoyland reveals how Rolls’s vision and Royce’s persistence enabled the RAF to triumph in the Battle of Britain

Supermarine Spitfire c.1940. Credit: Getty Images

Eighty years ago this summer Britain was facing its greatest moment of peril as Göring’s Luftwaffe attacked airfields, cities and convoys in a prelude to invasion. Nazi plans for us included all able-bodied men being sent to slave labour camps on the Continent. Thanks to the bravery of the RAF and the brilliance of their flying machines, the Battle of Britain saw Hitler beaten back in the first aerial campaign in history.

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