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Battle of Britain Fete, Denton's Field, Reading (one of two)

Photograph from Reading Chronicle Collection - September 1949

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One of the Alsatians performing for a crowd at the Battle of Britain fete.

A Battle of Britain commemorative and celebratory fete was held at Denton's Field on Bath Road in Southcote, Reading. The Battle of Britain was a Second World War air campaign waged by the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) against Britain in the summer and autumn of 1940. The objective of Germany's campaign was to gain air superiority over the Royal Air Force and was noted as the longest and most sustained aerial bombing to that date. Targets included coastal shipping convoys, R.A.F. fields and infrastructure, aircraft factories and later areas of political significance. Attractions included grass track racing arranged by the South Reading Motorcycle Club, an egg and spoon race and an exhibition by three Alsatians called Rocky, Lindy and Irma and their trainers. The dogs played a significant role in the Battle of Britain and this part of the fete was about recognising their hard work.

This photograph was published in the Berkshire Chronicle on 23 September 1949.

Museum object number REDMG : 1980.36.B210.6a

See related topic: Reading Chronicle

See related topic: Reading and the Second World War