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Why were the major cities of Britain bombed by the German's in 1940-41?

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GCSE Britain 1905-1951

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Sarah Higgs

11.4

29th September

1. Why were the major cities of Britain bombed by the German's in 1940-41?

The Blitz was actually derived from the German word Blitzkrieg, which means "lightning war". The Blitzkrieg was when the German's attacked from both land (tankers) and air (fighter planes). The lightning war itself was actually when Hitler overtook most of Western Europe between April and June of 1940, including France, Denmark, Norway, Holland, Belgium and Luxemburg. The Blitz was the bombing attack from the German's on England's major cities, starting on the 7th September 1940, and continued almost every night for seven long months. Hitler had one aim for the Blitz, which was to force the British to surrender to him, as most of Europe had already done so.

He had three reasons for choosing bombing. The first of those reasons was that he felt that bombing the people of Britain would break the British morale, hopefully driving the British people to force the government to surrender to the German's. After the Battle of Britain failed, which was an attack from the German's to try and defeat the British Air Force, they realised that if

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