August 18 was “the Hardest Day”. To be sure history is crowded with those. But this one refers to the date in 1940 that saw the heaviest combined losses to both sides in the Battle of Britain.
Now “Battle of Britain Day" is September 15, celebrating the decisive defeat of the Germans’ last massive assault on Britain. And rightly so.
But “the Hardest Day” reminds us of all the effort and sacrifice that went into, and must also be recalled on, the more celebrated dates from September 15 to November 11.