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Why were the major cities of Britain bombed by the Germans in 1940-1941?

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Why were the major cities of Britain bombed by the Germans in 1940-1941? Even though Britain came at war on the 3rd September 1939, Hitler didn't bomb them until the 7th September 1940. The reason why they bombed the cities was because they were industrialised and many of the population lived there. Hitler bombed Britain during 1940-41 because between 1939 and 1940, he was busy invading other countries such as Norway and Denmark. He wasn't up to Britain yet. Once he had finished taking over the other countries around him he turned to Britain. ...read more.

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On the 7th of September Hitler ordered his pilots to turn their attention to the cities of Britain because he couldn't beat them in the skies. The cities were bombed because they were where most activity was going on. They had many factories and houses. They also contained the largest population, therefore if Hitler had bombed them he assumed that it would make them surrender more quickly. He first bombed cities such as London, Liverpool and Coventry. London was a prime target because of the docks; this was where most food and daily life necessities were brought to be delivered through Britain. ...read more.

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Even though Britain was rather small they also had the biggest empire. After WW1 Britain was still a very rich country. If Hitler had gotten his hands on Britain he would have been very strong, but the British had fought to keep the country as it was. In conclusion he had only bombed in 1940-41 because he was taking over other countries. If he hadn't been then he would had bombed Britain as soon as the war started. Cities were a main target because it seemed the easiest way to get the British to surrender and to bomb Britain itself because it would have made Hitler one of the most powerful leaders in the world. ...read more.

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