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Why did Britain Win the Battle of Britain?

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Why did Britain Win the Battle of Britain? Britain won the Battle of Britain because Britain for several reasons on Britain's part, and also to German errors. They won because of Britain's superior technology, leadership and tactics. The main reason for Britain's victory was that Britain had invested in the Radar in the 1930's. This would prove to be a huge benefactor in the victory, because the detection of incoming German aircraft would allow Britain to estimate the direction and number of Luftwaffe bombers, so that RAF planes would not be caught on the ground and destroyed before they could be put in action. Also, communications systems, radar systems and airfields couldn't be put out of action easily, because Radar would be able to detect the incoming aircraft, and the RAF could send fighters to defend these areas. ...read more.


Dowding also introduced command and communication systems, assisted by their Radar systems, so that fighters could be directed accurately to engage incoming enemy attacks. The RAF planes were also a lot better than the Luftwaffe planes, therefore the RAF's fighter planes could much more easily destroy German Fighters and Bombers. British pilots also had the advantage of flying over Britain, so that if they had to bail out if their plane, they could be found by local people, and looked after so that they could be back in the air very soon. Germany was defeated in the attempted air invasion of Britain due to some weaknesses they had. The tactics they had used before the Battle of Britain, Blitzkrieg, couldn't work on an island like Britain, because the English Channel was in the way, so Tanks couldn't be deployed, therefore all the experience they had so far in the invasions they led among the central European countries would be useless against Britain. ...read more.


The Germans had inappropriate aircraft for the job they were carrying out. Their Stuka Dive bombers, for example, were for supporting land troops and vehicles, but instead Germany used them for their bombing campaign, which led to many Stuka's being destroyed. German intelligence was poor, the Germans knew what Radar was, but didn't know of its capabilities, and therefore a lot of German aircraft would be destroyed. Luftwaffe pilots who baled out of their planes would not be able to get back in action like the British pilots who baled out of their planes, but instead would be P.o.W's for the rest of the war. In conclusion to this study into the reasons for Britain's victory over Germany in the Battle of Britain, we can see that it was not only the RAF's strengths that helped Britain win, but it was also the Luftwaffes mistakes and weaknesses throughout the battle. ...read more.

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