Hi. Forgive me for being the ignorant American, but I have never quite understood something about the Battle of Britain. Where does the "start" date of 10 July come from? It is clear, for example, that Stukas were raiding Portland and convoys in the Channel on 4 July, and there are accounts such as this...
...which I am including in my "Kampfgeschwader" campaign. This indicates that there was significant combat over England as early as 18/19 June, as well as another raid on 26/27 June.
So again, how was the date decided? If it was decided based on the ability of the RAF to successfully intercept, (it is my understanding they failed to intercept the Portland raiders, due to their slow response) then the action of 18/19 June calls that into question, does it not?
I'm not trying to start a fight here, I simply can't understand this.