• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How did Britain resist and contribute to the defeat of Germany in the Second World War?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How did Britain resist and contribute to the defeat of Germany in the Second World War? The "Phoney" War Germany invaded Poland on September the 17th 1939. By the end of that month Poland ceased to exist as a state. Because of the quick invasion tactics that Germany used Britain and France were unable to help. Between the end of September and April not much happened. Britain and France prepared for War but this was a half hearted attempt, This period became known as the "Phoney" War (Pretend War) in Britain and as the "Sitzkrieg" (Sitting War) in Germany. The "Phoney" War ended in April 1940 when Germany attacked Norway. Germany relied heavily on Norway and Sweden for more than half of their iron ore imports. Neville Chamberlain the Prime Minister considered occupying Norway to cut off Germany's main supply but feared the Worlds opinion of the World would have of Britain controlling a neutral country. From this British failure to help Norway Neville Chamberlain resigned as Prime Minister and Winston Churchill replaced him. ...read more.

Middle

It would have been a German victory if they had taken advantage of the British situation. Churchill used this success to his advantage raising the morale of Britain. A lot of equipment was lost because it had to be left on the beach. The Battle of Britain Hitler planned to invade Britain to do this he believed that he needed air superiority. Germany started to attack British ports, airfields and radar stations. The RAF defended hard but came very close to defeat. New planes were being built quick enough it was the fact that they didn't have enough pilots to fly them. It took a while to train a pilot. It was a chance in the tactics of Hitler that saved Britain from air defeat. Germany focused on demoralising Britain by bombing major cities. On September the 7th Germany focused on bombing major cities. This was the end of the Battle of Britain and the start of the Blitz. The Over a period of 77 days London was bombed every night except one. ...read more.

Conclusion

Overall I think that the bombing was worth it because it held Germany back from producing its full potential. D-Day D-Day was the British and USA invasion of German occupied France to relieve the pressure on the Soviet Union. The plan was to land at five different places in Normandy code named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. The first two were the responsibility of the Americans and the other three were of Britain and the Canadians. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the US general was in overall command. He led the Germans to believe that the main attack was going to be in Calais. He did this by setting up a dummy military camp in Kent the shortest crossing from Calais and by repeatedly bombing Calais. From this most Germans believed the attack would be in Calais. The attack was planned for the 5th of June but it was delayed for 24 hours due to bad weather conditions. Each of the five beaches was taken. Also there was a British and American airdrop which were both successful. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 essays

  1. Total War, Britain during the Second World War

    There were wireless broadcasts, posters and a large number of short films. Some showed how to fit a gas mask, others described simple fire precaution, but all emphasised the need for people to remain calm. The Phoney War Within a few weeks of the declaration of war, many of the

  2. Why did hitler bomb british cities?

    They not only were used to persuade people to come round to the 'right' way of thinking, but they also portrayed false images (men on truck). Since well before the blitz the government were showing pre-film videos which acted as a sort of news report, informing the public of all

  1. The Battle of Britain as a turning point in the Second World War.In the ...

    However it was the capture of one of the enigma machines by the HMS Griffin in May 1940. Thanks to this, the newly formed, 'convoy' system of travel and the code-breakers of Bletchley park, the German U-boats were no longer as good a weapon as they were at the start of the war.

  2. An Investigation Into the Way in Which Sir Winston Churchill Used Rhetoric During the ...

    No doubt the politicians themselves would argue that they wish to put forward policies that the genuinely believe in. More cynical listeners, though, might argue that the real purpose, at least those politicians whom they see as untrustworthy, is to manipulate the audience into agreeing with policies which really serve

  1. In what ways did the Second World War affect the lives of ordinary people ...

    have to worry about them being killed or injured in air raids. It also allowed rural communities not involved so much in the war effort feel occupied and of use thus supporting positive morale in these areas too. However, the fact that children were sent to random homes meant that

  2. Was the Battleof Britain a turning point in the defeat of German in World ...

    Four days later, a naval blockade began, and Britain lost 56 ships by the German U-Boats. More than a quarter of British pilots were killed/wounded and more German aircraft began to arrive. In early September, Goering called of attacks on Radar stations, making one of the first major mistakes for Germany.

  1. How did Britain resist and contribute to the defeat of Germany in the Second ...

    This opened up a gap in the Allied line, which the Germans exploited. The advancing German Army trapped the British and French armies on the beaches around Dunkirk. 330,000 men were trapped here and they were sitting target for the Germans.

  2. Explain the importance of the Battle of Britain as a turning point in the ...

    its invasion plan that may have been the cause to its failure. Britain had a factor that both helped and made them very venerable. The fact that it was an island meant that the Germans had to cross a large distance of water before they reached British shores.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work