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1970 “Battle of Britain, Series 6” (TRWM-2)
Trucards, 30-cards, England, UK



  • Series Title: Battle of Britain, Series 6
  • Cartophilic Reference Number: TRWM-2
  • Issued by: Trucards
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Number of Cards: 30
  • Card Numbering: 1 to 30 on reverse side
  • Type of Card: OTC (Over the Counter)
  • Card Dimensions: 69.55 × 42.71 mm
  • Circa: 1970
  • Checklist: Checklist

A Quick Overview of the “Battle of Britain, Series 6”
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia [1]


The Battle of Britain (German: Luftschlacht um England, literally “Air battle for England”) is the name given to the Second World War air campaign waged by the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) against the United Kingdom during the summer and autumn of 1940. The Battle of Britain was the first major campaign to be fought entirely by air forces, and was also the largest and most sustained aerial bombing campaign to that date.

The objective of the Nazi German forces was to achieve air superiority over the Royal Air Force (RAF), especially its Fighter Command. Beginning in July 1940, coastal shipping convoys and shipping centers, such as Portsmouth, were the main targets; one month later, the Luftwaffe shifted its attacks to RAF airfields and infrastructure. As the battle progressed, the Luftwaffe also targeted factories involved in World War II aircraft production and ground infrastructure. Eventually the Luftwaffe resorted to attacking areas of political significance and using terror bombing strategy.

By preventing Germany from gaining air superiority, the British forced Adolf Hitler to postpone and eventually cancel “Operation Sea Lion”, a planned amphibious and airborne invasion of Britain. However, Germany continued bombing operations on Britain, known as “The Blitz ”. The failure of Nazi Germany to achieve its objective of destroying Britain’s air defenses in order to force Britain to negotiate an armistice (or even surrender outright) is considered by historians to be its first major defeat in World War II and a crucial turning point in the conflict.

The “Battle of Britain, Series 6” has an unusual distinction in that it gained its name prior to being fought. The name is derived from a famous speech delivered by Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the House of Commons on June 18, more than three weeks prior to the generally accepted date for the start of the battle:

… What General Weygand has called The Battle of France is over. The battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilisation. Upon it depends our own British life and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of a perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, “This was their finest hour”.

For a detailed and comprehensive history of the “Battle of Britain,” be sure to visit the following Wikipedia article on the Battle of Britain.

1970 “Battle of Britain, Series 6” (TRWM-2) Overview [2]


During 1970, Trucards published a 30-card set of “Battle of Britain, Series 6” (TRWM-2) OTC trading cards. The set presents a chronological accounting the aircraft artwork and descriptive text describing the “Battle of Britain, Series 6” through its four phases during 1940. It’s interesting to note, that this particular set includes numerous types of aircraft, not just fighters, both German and British. Fighters, Bombers, Flying Boats, Torpedo Planes, and Dive Bombers are all represented.

The fronts of the cards are rather straight-forward. All of the 30 cards feature WWII aviation artwork of aircraft, aircraft insignia, or events specific to the “Battle of Britain.” The . The artwork is presented in both landscape (horizontal) and portrait (vertical) formats. There are no border lines surrounding the artwork, and there is no text on the front of the cards. The artwork is simply surrounded by an ample white border. The cards measure 69.55 × 42.71 mm.

The backs of the cards are all presented in a portrait (vertical) format with an attractive dual-lined border surrounding the descriptive text. The descriptive text is comprised of the following six vertical elements:

  1. Series length in the card number: i.e. “A SERIES OF 30, No.2 ”
  2. Series title: i.e. “Battle of Britain, Series 6”
  3. Trucards series designation: i.e. “SERIES No.6 ”
  4. Card title: i.e. “Supermarine Spitfire”
  5. Descriptive text: i.e. , “ Having one Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, …
  6. Publisher information (in Black Box): i.e. , “published by Trucards … etc. ”

1970 Trucards “Battle of Britain, Series 6” Image-Guide [2]


The following 1970 “Battle of Britain, Series 6” Image-Guide shows computer enhanced images of the fronts and backs of the 30 cards in this set. Behind each thumbnail image is a 600-dpi computer enhanced card image that you may access. In addition, directly beneath the Image Guide, in tabular form, are links to the original scans used for this series.

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1970 “Battle of Britain, Series 6” Checklist [2]


We have provided two versions of the 1970 “Battle of Britain, Series 6” 30-card set published by Trucards. An 8½ × 11 inch PDF version, and the web version shown below. Click on the PDF graphic below to access the PDF version.

1970 “Battle of Britain, Series 6”
Trucards
CHECKLIST
xCard Title
1The Start of the Battle
2Supermarine Spitfire
3The Messerschmitt 109
4Hawker Hurricane
5The Second Phase
6The Messerschmitt 110
7Whitworth Whitley
8Dornier 215
9“Achtung — Schpitfeuer!”
10Junkers JU.88
11The Third Phase
12Gloster Gladiator
13Dornier DO 17
14Attacks on London
15Scramble!
16Short Sunderland
17Heinkel H.E.111
18The Boulton Paul Defiant
19Short Stirling
20The 15th September Climax
21The German Insignia
22The Royal Air Force Insignia
23Vickers Wellington
24Abandoned ME 109
25Handley Page Hampden
26The Fourth Phase
27Halifax
28Junkers J.U.87
29The Toll of the Battle
30Winston Churchill’s Tribute

Contributors


John Shupek — John is retired Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineer that lives in Southern California. John’s 36 year aerospace career/adventure started in the mid-1960s when he worked for Pratt & Whitney at their “FRDC” … Florida Research and Development Center, West Palm Beach, Florida. John was part of the P&W jet engine design team for the CIA/USAF’s Lockheed A-12/SR-71A “Oxcart/Blackbird” engines (J58/JT11D-20). He also worked on the RL-10 rocket engine and the JTF-17A which was P&W’s entry into the United States’ SST competition between Boeing and Lockheed. Several years later, John moved back to California and worked at the AiResearch Mfg. Company at LAX and Torrance. He originally worked on the thermal design of the HRE (Hypersonic Ramjet Engine) which was a supersonic combustion Mach 7 ramjet engine that was to be tested on the North American X-15. John did about three more years of jet engine design work before he disappeared for 13 years into the classified DOE “GCEP” (Gas Centrifuge Enrichment Plant) Atomic Energy program for the enrichment of U235. After the GCEP program was cancelled by the DOE in 1985, John was hired by Northrop Aircraft to do the thermal design for Northrop’s entry into the ATF (Advanced Tactical Fighter) competition, the Northrop YF-23A “Black Widow II” stealth supercruise fighter. He also worked on the Northrop Grumman B-2A “Spirit” stealth bomber. After several years on a classified stealth missile program, John worked the remainder of his Aerospace career as one of Northrop Grumman’s Program Directors on the United States Navy’s F/A-18E/F “Super Hornet” jet fighter program.

During John’s career at Northrop Grumman he served for five years as Northrop’s “Vintage Aircraft Club” Commissioner and the Curator and Webmaster for the Western Museum of Flight in Hawthorne, California. Several years later, John was the volunteer webmaster (for about 3 years) for the Yanks Air Museum, Chino, California. He also served as President and webmaster for two different NPO’s after his retirement. The Whittier Historical Society & Museum and Whittier Meals on Wheels.

John’s love of aviation history and aviation photography lead to the establishment of this Skytamer.com website in 1998. The Skytamer.com site has continued to expand and will always grow and will never be completed. It’s sort of analogous to a snowball rolling down a hill without any trees to stop it. In approximately 2002, John remembered that he had collected Topps “Wings” (ACC# R707-4) airplane trading cards while in High School. Somehow the cards had disappeared over the years. So at this point, he started to re-collect airplane trading cards via eBay and become an airplane card “Image Collector” rather than a “Card Collector” per se. After John scans an airplane card for the website, he has no further use for it and he puts it back into circulation via eBay. John’s mission statement for the Skytamer.com is basically to restore and preserve high-quality card images/artwork associated with the various airplane card sets from the early 1900s to the present. These cards are wonderful historical “snapshots” into aviation history showing which aviation events and aircraft were important at that point in time. For the Skytamer.com website, basically if it is a trading card collection that features things that fly, but doesn’t have feathers, it is eligible for consideration on the Skytamer.com website. John always welcomes inputs and high resolution scans (600-dpi) that can be used on this website. John can be reached via the “Contact Us” navigation button on the left.

References


  1. Wikipedia article Battle of Britain.
  2. Shupek, John A. “Battle of Britain (Trucards).” The Skytamer Archive (600-dpi Image Scans). Skytamer Images, Whittier, CA, 2015. Digital Image Database.

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