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

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Assignment one Britain in the age of total War 1. Why were the major cities of Britain bombed by the Germans in 1940-41? The start of the Blitz is remembered as Black Saturday which was that evening when the first German planes flew the English Channel and bombed British Cities, this was the 7th September 1940, it was called the blitz which meant 'total war' the word came from "Blitzkrieg" which means lightning war. The British was bombed 67 nights out of 68 from the 7th September to the 13th November 1940. The first time British civilians were attacked was on the 24th august 1940where some German Raiders got lucky and lost and in result bombed London. ...read more.

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Finally the last being that it was meant to help in the effort to operation Sea Lion. The most important targets for Hitler was Birmingham, Sheffield, Liverpool, Manchester, Portsmouth, Plymouth and Southampton due to the munitions and ship ports in these areas. Among all these cities the same was suffered immense air raids and high casualty rates. The above picture is an example of a bomb site in London. The main aim of the blitz was to destroy the morale of the Britains and destroying their spirit which would untimely lead to their vulnerability and their downfall as they were invaded. It was only in the first phase of the Blitz that London was the only city to be attacked; it was where Hitler ordered the fighters to concentrate on the port of London and the East end. ...read more.

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The picture on the right shows a port being bombed and the smoke cloud that up roared after the explosion. The devastation and destruction caused by the blitz was irreversible, buildings were crushed, vehicles were thrown across the street, not forgetting the casualty list as many people died in the buildings and rubble. After the blitz finished on the 13th November 1940, the real extent of the damage could be seen, the Germans had destroyed several historic buildings beyond repair, and the moral of the British people was severely diminished. Hitler's plan of 'Operation Sea Lion' was set back and was on the verge of failure, as it was the British RAF that saved the hope of the British people, where the RAF gave them, that little bit of hope in their lives each day and each night. ?? ?? ?? ?? Year 11 History Cameron Warren 11, 3 ...read more.

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