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

How Significant a Role did Britain Play in the War Against Germany, 1939 – 1945?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How Significant a Role did Britain Play in the War Against Germany, 1939 - 1945? I am going to try to answer this question with a short essay analysing Britain's contribution to the defeat of Germany. Obviously, Britain contributed in a variety of ways to the defeat of Germany. Britain contributed in the war at sea, land and air. Britain also played a major part in developing new technology and being an American launch pad. I will try to mention various ways that Britain contributed to the defeat of Germany with as little bias as possible. In 1940, Britain was the only country still fighting against Germany. If Britain had surrendered after Operation Dynamo then it would have been a lot harder for Germany to be defeated. Had the USA wished to attack Germany if Britain had surrendered the only way would be to send a huge armada of ships and landing craft across the Atlantic Ocean. This would result in huge casualties because there were German U-boats spread across the Atlantic Ocean and so many of the American ships would be sunk before they arrived in Europe. In addition, the Germans would have warning of the imminent attack and could deploy sea, land and air forces in the right places to crush the American attack. ...read more.

Middle

The loss of this battle was to have serious repercussions for Germany as the war progressed. In Operation Overlord Britain was in my opinion the most important country. Britain was very significant in establishing air superiority, which made D-Day possible. The Allies invaded with over 12,000 planes against only 300 German aircraft. Britain was used as a launch pad for American troops and planes. Britain and its empire provided more than half of the invasion forces and the troops were transported using British crafts. D-Day was the turning point of the land war against Germany. Stalin wanted the Western powers to open up a second front against Germany in the West to take some of the pressure of fighting Germany off Russia. Even though the Western front only tied up 25% of Germany's armies, it helped tactically because it meant that Germany now had to fight a war on two fronts. It was also very beneficial because it meant that American troops could now come directly from America to France instead of having to stop off at Britain. British technology was instrumental in the invasion of France. The British cracked the Enigma code so they could tell how the Germans were accepting their misinformation about where the invasion was going to take place. ...read more.

Conclusion

The U-boats or submarines were the main threat as they were harder to detect. Britain invented Huff Duff (a means of finding surfaced U-boats) and cracked the Enigma code machine so they could find out where German U-boats were being sent. Also the British used long range aircraft as cover for their convoys. These tactics and technologies, combined with America's huge manufacturing power defeated Germany at sea. However many ships Germany could sink, America could replace them. In conclusion, I think that the war against Germany could never have been won without Britain. Obviously there were other major roles played by the United States of America and the Soviet Union but Britain's role was necessary to defeat Germany. Britain may not have had millions of troops to defeat the German army but it played a major part in defeating the German air force and in keeping German U-boats at bay. It also made a land attack with American assistance possible because Britain is only a few miles away from France cross-Channel. Also Britain had a large empire from which it could call troops and resources which supported its war effort considerably. Britain contributed significantly in my view to the wars at sea, air and land especially with technological advances. 1,245 words ?? ?? ?? ?? Ahmed Luqman 1 ...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. The Bay of Pigs Invasion

    Hawkins also criticizes actions that were taken in 1961, although he supported them at that time. Both, Rusk and Hawkins, take different viewpoints and support opposite actions. Rusk would have rather backed out completely, and Hawkins would have rather had a stronger attack.

  2. How Significant were the Normandy landings in Defeating Germany in World War Two?

    It was a turning point in the war and I can make a judgement from my evidence that the Battle of Normandy was a key factor into the defeat of Germany (Victory in Europe) and possibly to ending the war altogether.

  1. How important was the war at sea

    The German aim was to capture Paris and to trap the advancing French armies in the east between the German defences to their front and the successful German armies in their rear. France would quickly be forced to surrender and Germany could deal in turn with Russia, the real object of its war plans.

  2. By 1943 Britain had overcome the threat posed by German aircraft and submarines. Explain ...

    This was because Britain pinned its hopes on asdic (underwater radar), which was unable to pin point the depth of a U-boat or a U-boat on the surface. The U-boat commanders cottoned on to this so would shadow the covey on the surface by day before attacking at night.

  1. Why did hitler bomb british cities?

    They were assured of plenty of food, supplied with gas masks and bomb shelters and even taught what to do in the event of each type of raid. So, the government has many roles during war time, but key of these are protecting the people, fighting the war, and providing for the public.

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

    These U-boats would sink hundreds of merchant ships before the British and Americans came up with the convoy system. The American merchant ships would travel close together in convoys so that the American and British destroyers could surround these convoys.

  1. Many peoples have contributed to the development of the United States of America, a ...

    In 1860 the political system became completely fragmented. The Democrats split into northern and southern wings, presenting two different candidates for the presidency; the small CONSTITUTIONAL UNION PARTY attempted to rally the former Whigs behind a third. The Republicans, however, were able to secure the election of Abraham LINCOLN to the White House.

  2. The role of Saddam Hussain in serving the aims of America in the Middle ...

    Once Saddam had withdrawn those divisions he said that they [the Iranians] could stay where they were and we [the Iraqis] could stay where we were. Once again the American officials went to Kuwait and offered the protection of America to Kuwait and they also suggested having military bases in

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