Why Was Britain Able To Win The Battle Of Britain

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Why was Britain able to win the Battle of Britain?

The Battle of Britain was an air war fought between the British RAF and German Luftwaffe which lasted from July 1st 1940 to October 1940.

There were many factors which helped Britain win the battle, strengths of the British, weaknesses of the Germans. However it was a very close and costly battle for the British.

Britain’s greatest strength, and probably the main reason why Britain won the battle was their RAF leader, Sir Hugh Dowding. He was a veteran ace-flyer from World War I who had been due to retire from his position before World War II but had been persuaded to stay in control of the air force. He had been devising Britain’s aerial defence since 1936, which gave Britain a great strength over the Germans in those few months of battle. He also played a vital part in the development of technologies such as the radar which ultimately helped the RAF overcome the German Luftwaffe. Another of his strengths was his vast knowledge of modern air warfare, which the German air force leader, Hermann Goering lacked. One of Goering’s weaknesses was his limited knowledge of modern air warfare but the tactics he used were also very questionable, as he liked to frequently switch attack targets. He was also arrogant.

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Probably the second most important factor which helped Britain win the battle was the technology the RAF had and used. The RAF had the radar, which the Germans had decided to develop to use. It gave the British a massive advantage, able to sense Luftwaffe aircraft at a distance, determining their height, distance and strength. With this information the RAF was able to intercept them with appropriate force and protect their airfields, towns and cities. It also meant that RAF planes would very rarely be caught on the ground in an air strafe. The Germans had thought they had ...

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