The Battle of Britain was an aerial campaign of the German Luftwaffe against the British Royal Air Force. The Luftwaffe's mission was to cripple the Royal Air Force and set Britain up for an invasion, codenamed Operation Sealion.
On July 10th, 1940, the Luftwaffe commenced air raids on RAF airbases, infrastructure, and shipping areas. The attacks were successful at first, and the RAF was effectively crippled. However, on September 7th, the Luftwaffe soon began bombing cities, which were harder to reach and bought the RAF time to recover. The RAF's retaliation inflicted heavy causalities on the Luftwaffe, who lacked the fuel supply to wage prolonged dogfights. By the end of October, the Luftwaffe had lost nearly 2,000 aircraft and were forced to cancel the campaign. The Battle of Britain was a terrible and crippling defeat for Nazi Germany. While Germany would still conduct bombing raids into Britain at night and later with the infamous V-1 and V-2 rockets until the end of the war, the Luftwaffe would never again seriously threaten Britain. The battle is still celebrated today in Britain, often with vintage Spitfires and Hurricanes (alongside modern RAF fighters), symbols of British victory in this battle.
This battle is featured as a map for Battlefield 1942, included as a bonus in the version 1.45 patch. The map is a simplified version of the battle, with superior Luftwaffe forces facing the RAF.
As the player might expect, this map is almost entirely based on aerial combat. In fact, the map is unique in that victory is not reached by capturing flags. Indeed, there are no flags to capture both in Singleplayer and Multiplayer mode. The map centres around a set of objectives - four radar towers and a factory.
As the German tickets tick down, they must damage and eventually destroy all of these objectives to win before their tickets reach zero, doing so then reduces Allied tickets. The radars and factory can be repaired by allied engineers at any point until they are destroyed completely. The Germans have an airfield, with two spawn points. The British have two airfields, all uncapturable.
If the Luftwaffe destroy all objectives, specifically the factory, the RAF will be defeated from ticket bleed. If the RAF successfully defend all objectives, again specifically the factory, the Luftwaffe will be defeated from ticket bleed.
|Royal Air Force|
|Armored personnel carrier(s)|
— British victory
— British defeat
— German victory
— German defeat
- It is the only map not to feature a screenshot from Intro as it's loading screen. However, the bombs in the picture are taken from the loading screen of Bocage.