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

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Why were the major cities of Britain bombed by the Germans in 1940-41? There were many reasons why Nazi Germany bombed the major cities during 1940-1941 destroy the regular air force during the battle of Britain. They also used the accident that happened as an excuse and the success of bombing in the 1930's justified their actions. Other reasons include Germany wanting to destroy Britain's war effort and the people's morale. The failure of the Battle of Britain was a major cause leading to the blitz and Germany a major cause heading to the Blitz. Germany decided to invade Britain by first destroying the RAF, as with what happened to Poland and France. ...read more.

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Therefore, Germany... to bombing A group of people believe that the intention Hitler had to bomb British cities wasn't his intention at all, but it arose because of an accident. apparently, the night in 1940, a German bomber plane right over England it was mainly use of fuel so they decided to drop the bombs and leave the bombs blew save buildings up Churchill retaliated and Berlin was bombed. Hitler went absolutely insane as he made us promises to his German people that they would not be attacked. So Hitler had to respond. And this resulted in the Blitz. However this is not that plausible as Germany switching to the British cities is unlikely over an accident, but it did give them the legally they needed to attack the British cities. ...read more.

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However, Britain's factories tended to be operational within three weeks and there was no real disruption to its war effort. However any disruptions were better than nothing. In a similar way to the last reason German bombed the British cities to get the people to want to gibe, as with before they also had some success in this because moral did drop at certain times. But like before morale stayed quite high and there were no big protests for Britain to give in. However the Germans were not to know this at first and therefore, it is a good reason for the Blitz. Therefore, in conclusion, Germany bombed the British cities for a number of reasons, but their failure in the Battle of Britain is the most important because of they had have succeeded then a first world not have had to carry out the Blitz. ...read more.

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