Built in 1546, Christ Church Cathedral serves the University of Oxford and the Church of England. The Tom Tower (1681-1682) depicted here stands in Oxford’s largest quad. England declared war against Germany in 1939 after the invasion of Poland. Britain avoided German occupation with a victory in the Battle of Britain (June-July, 1940). Oxford was one of England’s major cities to remain unscathed. Britain remained a constant force against the Germans, fighting on behalf of many European nations throughout WWII. A set of war memorials listing staff and students killed in World War I and II was later placed at the cathedral’s main entrance.