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Why was Britain able to win the Battle of Britain

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Why was Britain able to win the Battle of Britain? In May 1940, Germany invaded France. The French and British armies were over-powered by the German blitzkrieg. Towards the end of the may, in a daring rescue attempt, ships from England managed to rescue British and some of the French soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk. Britain stood alone against the might of the Germans. The Germans suffered their first defeat. Hitler ordered his army to invade Britain. However, the Germans decided to gain control of the skies before they came on British land to prevent it posing as threat to German troops as they landed in Britain. This invasion plan was code named "Operation Sealion". "Operation Sealion" was cancelled on the 17th September. This was a success for Britain. There are many reasons why Britain won. Britain had a well-organised air defence system, which Hugh Dowding (commanding in chief) ...read more.

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A few people can be said to have changed the course of history, but Air Chief Marshall Sir Hugh Dowding is undoubting one of them. He was the architect of the most important military victories of modern times. He was a very well organised and tactful person. His system began with early detection of incoming raids by radar. Radar stations were code-named chain homes lined along the coast along with observer cops who would confirm the information and pass it on the filtering station. And yet no sooner was the battle won than he was inexplicably removed from office by his superior at the Air Ministry. Britain had also captured an interception of German intelligence, the enigma decoding machine. Britain had captured this but had no clue of how helpful it was. Britain had increased in the output of aviation factories. The production of planes and equipments increased so the losses could be recovered and planes were easily ready just in case. ...read more.

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These changes of tactics were the weaknesses of the German plan. The attacks on many were left unfinished and the bombers never finished the jobs. The Germans made one huge mistake, which probably was the result of them loosing the war, which was that they underestimated the strength and competence of Britain. "Operation Sealion" was cancelled on 17th September giving us our victory and the Germans their first defeat. Hitler turned his attention to the Soviet Union. The planning was the reason why we won the battle of Britain. However without Dowding's strategies they wouldn't have succeeded. "Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few". The pilots paid all their attention and efforts into winning this war. In addition, the radar technology system was a huge advantage to Britain and may be one piece of technology that is still being improved and used through out the world. It was may be a piece of technology without which winning the war in my opinion was impossible. ?? ?? ?? ?? Mohsina Kantharia 1 ...read more.

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