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Small irony on this day in history February 26, 1935 and a minor coincidence

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When I consider historical events, I tend to pay more attention to 1935 since I was born on Oct. 8, 1935 in Barcelona Spain.

So it seems worth mentioning that on this day in 1935 two events, one in Berlin and the other in Great Britain presaged the outcome of the Battle of Britain in 1940. Here are short descriptions of these events, one from and the other from Wikipedia:

On February 26, 1935, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler signs a secret decree authorizing the founding of the Reich Luftwaffe as a third German military service to join the Reich army and navy. In the same decree, Hitler appointed Hermann Goering, a German air hero from World War I and high-ranking Nazi, as commander in chief of the new German air force.


On 1935, Feb, 26 in Daventry, England, Scottish engineer and inventor Robert Watson-Watt first demonstrated the use of radar.


Most air warfare experts accept the conventional wisdom that radar was key technology used by the RAF in its Command and Control to beat back the waves of German Luftwaffe bombers and fighters in the fall of 1940 with its fighter air defence.

As for myself, I was probably conceived in my mother’s womb in early February 1935. Is this an example of an odd coincidence of completely unconnected events, some big and some insignificant?

Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/02/26 at 09:49

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