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

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History Coursework Why were the major cities of Britain bombed by the Germans in 1940-41? This essay is going to investigate why Hitler decided to bomb the cities of London. In early August and September 1940 Hitler's air force the Luftwaffe were trying to take control of the skies, against the RAF. The Luftwaffe tried to destroy British radar systems, and started softening up attacks on shipping, posts and airfields. Hitler's overall plan to invade England was known as 'Operation Sea lion', but after the failure of The Battle of Britain it was decided to bomb the major cities of Britain. ...read more.

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day bombing.Hitler also invaded Denmark, Holland, Norway, Belgium and France in 1940 so it was important to Hitler to invade Britain as well, to complete his plan. On the 17th of September, 300 German bombers and 600 fighters attacked London. Hitler called it the 'Invasion of Britain.' Hitler's plan was to split the attack up into three sections. First they would use incendiaries, to cause fires around St. Paul's. This made it easier for the pilots to see where to aim there bombs. They would then bomb all around central London, causing as much damage as possible then go for the main target, which was St.Paul. ...read more.

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The reasons for doing so are because Britain had advanced intelligence such as the radar that could detect enemy planes, and the code breakers at Bletchley Park. The switch of plan on September 7th gave the RAF time to recover, and prepared them for more air wars. German planes could only spend half of an hour over Britain then had to go back to Germany to re fuel. While the RAF could bail in and out easily. The most significant reason that I think helped Britain win the Blitz, was the morale of the people. Churchill always made sure that the citizens would go to work, and help clear up the streets. I also think that this helped Britain prepare for the Second World War. ?? ?? ?? ?? Lauren le franc ...read more.

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