Would you have had what it took to protect the few?
This was the question being asked of people around the country – and the world – ahead of the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in 2020. ‘The few’, so famously referenced by Sir Winston Churchill in his iconic speech, are of course the brave pilots of the RAF who risked so much to protect the country from invasion.
But they could not have succeeded without knowing what they were up against. Early warnings of incoming Luftwaffe raids – how many aircraft, what type, where and headed in which direction – were critical to RAF Fighter Command’s speedy response. This vital job fell not to seasoned military veterans, but to the civilian volunteers of the Observer Corps.
Imperial War Museum (IWM) Duxford approached Arcade to develop an experience that allowed the public to get a small taste of what it might have been like to bear this heavy responsibility: welcome to the Observer Corps Experience!