|Churchill Inspects Coast Defenses, 1940
After the fall of France to Germany in June 1940, Britain faced the possibility of invasion. Germany, however, was unable to achieve the necessary air superiority, and the planned invasion, code-named Sealion, was postponed. By October Churchill quipped, "We are waiting for the long-promised invasion. So are the fishes." This photograph shows the new Prime Minister inspecting his coastal defenses during the summer of 1940, when landings seemed imminent.
Photographic print. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (101)LC-USZ62-128362