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Memorial Miniature Golf and Museum: Hole 3 – Battle of Britain
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With France now firmly under Nazi control, the full fury of the German Luftwaffe was turned against Britain, who now stood alone against the might of Hitler’s Germany. In order for Hitler to enact his planned invasion of Britain, codenamed Operation Sea Lion, he first had to gain control of the skies. In early July, 1940, Heinkel 111, Junkers 88, and Dornier 17 bombers began daylight raids on British ports and air bases. These bombers were escorted by German fighter aircraft, namely the Messerschmitt BF 109.
To combat this array of Nazi aircraft, the British used Hurricane and Spitfire fighters, which inflicted heavy losses on the Luftwaffe.
By September, with German casualties mounting, the decision was made by Chief of the Luftwaffe Hermann Göring to switch to night time strategic bombing raids on cities and factories. This phase of the Battle of Britain became known as ‘The Blitz.’ The Blitz claimed the lives of over 40,000 British civilians, but failed to stop Britain’s industrial abilities to wage war.
By the time large-scale raids ceased in May 1941, the Luftwaffe lost over 2,500 aircraft, compared to 1,900 on the British side. The Battle of Britain marked the first major defeat of Germany’s military forces, but there were other ways for Nazi Germany to attack Britain than from the air, as German U-Boats began to prowl the North Atlantic… (continued on hole 4)
Key Word: Strategic Bombing – Designed to demoralize the enemy rather than directly attacking their armed forces, Strategic Bombing has been used since World War I to disrupt production and supply of war material, as well as to terrify civilian populations. Strategic bombing tactics in WWII began during the Spanish Civil War during the attack on Guernica in particular. By 1945, the Allies perfected the art of strategic bombing to such an extent that the cities of Germany and Japan lay in ruins.Memorial Miniature Golf and Museum
This hole is the first par 4 on the course and it’s a bit of a doozy! It represents the ground and the battle in the skies. The wing of a plane extrudes from the ground as a deflector. The blue and white part represents the sky with clouds. The hole is on the back left and on a significant slope to the right.
Mister Mini Golf Pro Tips
Use the wing of the plane to setup your second shot. The danger is missing the wing and going out-of-bounds.
ADA Accessibility Notes: ADA compliant pathways are installed to allow for 9 holes of accessible play.
For more details on course accessibility, always check in with a course you are visiting as they may be able to do additional accommodations. In addition, a great resource is the ADA Checklist for Miniature Golf Courses.
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