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

how and why has the battle of britian been considered the RAF's finest hour

Extracts from this document...


HOW AND WHY HAS THE BATTLE OF BRITIAN BEEN CONSIDERED THE RAF'S 'FINEST HOUR'? During the summer of 1940 Hitler was preparing for an operation called "Operation Sea lion" which would comprise of the plan of the invasion of Britain. After launching a blitzkrieg attack against France, Belgium and Holland. In they eyes of Hitler and the nazi organisation this was an outstanding success even though the Dutch had put up an incredible defence. Within the first days Holland had fallen to the mercy of the nazi's hands and then later came France and Belgium. The French had put up a defence of underground forts or also known as the magi not line to try and keep the nazi's out and stop they attack on France, or at least Holt it. But to the French soldiers shock the Germans did not attack this line of defence, instead it was their plan to focus on the weakest part of the French defence, they Ardennes. The French resistance was unable to keep the Germans from attacking. The French fled to the channel to meet up with the Belgium's but surrendered. Hitler's next plan was to invade Britain, but to accomplish this he needed the control of the sky, which was over the channel, and also land. ...read more.


On source B5 there is also a propaganda poster from 1940 giving a tribute to the pilots, 'Never was so much owed by so many to so few'. These were the words of Winston Churchill, spoke to increase morale and also to refer to the pilots of their bravery and devotion. Two historians named C & K shepherd provided these two sources, you can trust they information that they have provided you with because these historians write a lot of school history textbooks, particularly for KS3 so you would think these sources are accurate and should be reliable. Not many people really thought of the role of woman in the battle of Britain but they did play a key role in the success of defeating Hitler and the nazi's in source C1 it gives you information about the different roles of women during the battle of Britain. Source C1 gives you a variety of different images of woman working ad doing their bit towards the battle of Britain. Many women flew newly built aircrafts from the factors to the air bases. "When you see a girl in uniform with a bit of ribbon on her tunic, remember she didn't get it for knitting more socks than anyone else." ...read more.


This is a very good and informal source because it is from an eyewitness who was also a very well known and popular fighter pilot. In my opinion I think this source this source can be trusted and is also accurate. On they other hand Germany had a lot more planes and a lot more experienced fighter pilots, Germany had been training 800 new pilots a month where as Britain had just 200 been trained a month, so Germany at that point had a greater advantage. In source C5 it is informing you of the performance of each countries planes and also the pros and cons of the two different types of aircraft, the German (ME109) and also the British (hurricane). I think this source was very good and also interesting because it talks about the advantages and disadvantages of British air defence and also Germanys defence. In my opinion I think the battle of britian was considered the RAF finest hour, because the RAF was able to defeat Hitler and the nazi's with a lot less number of planes and also a minimum number of pilots been trained a month, where as Germany has almost twice as many trained pilots each month. Theoretically Hitler should have been able to invade Britain because he had a lot more planes and resources, and a much more larger army, but they RAF pulled through. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Germany 1918-1939 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 GCSE Germany 1918-1939 essays

  1. The Tin Drum (1979)

    Throughout the film Oskar battles with the knowledge his father could either be Alfred Matzerath, a lower middle class Nazi supporter or Jan Bronski, a Polish sympathiser. The fact that Jan is Polish and Alfred, German echoes the conflict between the Danzig's German Protestant majority and the Kashubian and Polish

  2. Does the film The Battle of the Somme provide a realistic picture of life ...

    In the poem in source 41, the soldier has written about how they were in 'a trench of vile stinking mud,' and how they try 'to sleep midst the stench and the slime.' This disagrees with the film in the statement that there were no significant discomforts in the trenches.

  1. Free essay

    The Battle Of Dunkirk

    This could be biased because Thomas Kerr could be trying to make us think that the officers were useless to try and make him or other naval commanders look good. Thomas Kerr then says "but our promise of safety, and the sight of our naval uniforms, resorted some order to

  2. Was the Schlieffen plan the cause of Germany's defeat?

    The British warships gave chase and sank four out of five of the ships. 2,300 German sailors were drowned including Von Spee and his sons. Jutland: This was the first major sea battle of the First World War.

  1. How were Non-Aryans or those considered to be

    During the 1930's many laws were passed by the Nazi's restricting the lives of the Jews. Some of these were: * Jewish children could not go to ice-cream parlours, cinemas, museums or libraries. * Jews were not allowed to be sports fans or be present at sports events.

  2. How and why do Historians approaches to the MunichAgreement differ from each other?

    The British government also made no attempt to hide their country's weak position. Chamberlain made the error of assuming that Hitler acted on the same rational assumption that he did, and that it was also in his best interest to preserve peace and international trade.

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