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Why did Hitler start the Blitz?

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AS and A Level Modern European History, 1789-1945

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Why did Hitler start the Blitz?

By mid 1940 Hitler had control over mainland Europe. His next target was Britain. The Blitz was night time bombing raids on British cities, especially London, during the month of September in 1940. On average the Germans dropped 250 tonnes of bombs each time. The Blitz was a very difficult time for the people of Britain and in London alone nearly 13,000 people were killed.

There were a number of reasons for the Blitz. The first being the failure of the Battle of Britain.

Hitler's fears of not having control over Britain led to beliefs that Britain would eventually become a base for his enemies to attack him from.

When France fell to Germany in June 1940, Hitler's aims were turned on Britain. Hitler thought that if he destroyed the RAF, Britain would no longer have defence against an invasion. This invasion was to be Operation Sealion. It was planned to take place after the air force had been destroyed.

Attacks were made on boats, ports, airfields and radar stations. In August an intense battle in the skies over Britain was fought. The RAF lost

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