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Why were the major cities of Britain bombed by Germans in 1940-41?

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Why were the major cities of Britain bombed by Germans in 1940-41? The major cities of Britain were bombed because of several different reasons some of them more obvious than others but each reason would have been reason enough to commence the 'blitz' (as it is more commonly known). One of the reasons is that the 'Battle of Britain' failed. After France surrendered to Germany on June 22nd 1940, Hitler had enough vantage points to attack Britain. A huge scale amphibious military attack was devised and codenamed 'Operation Sea lion', however this plan had a key flaw, which was the R.A.F (Royal Air Force). ...read more.

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This was probably due the British pilots being able to refuel and get back up in the sky quickly whereas the German fighter pilots had a limited time and range (just 8 minutes over London), which meant that they could not escort their bombers very efficiently. The British fighter planes also had an advantage over the Germans, the 'spitfire' was one of the fastest planes of its time and the 'hurricane' had the tightest turning circle which was found to be incredibly useful in 'dog-fights'. What also helped the British fighters was the fact that they had radar and although it was still in it's primitive stages it gave the British fighters the ability to see the Germans from great distances. ...read more.

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This was because a German bombing squad accidentally missed its target and on the way back it jettisoned its bombs (without realising it) over London. In retaliation the R.A.F bombed Berlin and Hitler, seeing how much chaos had been caused by this one attack decided to try to break the morale of the British people (which would be a key step in winning the war) by bombing the cities in the night time. While bombing the British cities the German fighters could not only break the morale of the British people but they could also continue to bomb the factories and put Britain in total disorder. ?? ?? ?? ?? Assignment 1 : Objective 1 Daniel Becque 10C ...read more.

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