Battle Of Britain A German Perspective

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My name is Lieutenant Rolph Gütemen. However I am going to recount to you, what really happened that cost us the Battle for Britain. I have included several of my own diary comments on the different stages throughout the battle.It all started with the conquest of France and the Low Countries. The Luftwaffe’s superior performance and machinery completely decimated the French Air Force. This granted to you a safe passage to Paris. A similar technique was to be used to destroy the Royal Air Force of Britain. The task; easy you might say, another link in the Golden chain of German Victory. Yet it wasn’t to be, it ended badly, very badly; a shame of defeat, more chilling than the coldest Russian wind.Dear Diary,23 June 1940France has fallen. Clearly it’s threat’s were false. The League of Nations has lost one of the jewels in its crown. A crown that is worn falsely for it had no right to treat Germany so. I have been moved to the new Luftwaffe HQ in France for the next stage of our ultimate goal, the fall of Britain. With her will be the fall of the entire Western Sphere of Europe. What fools they were, to think that they could be a match for us. Soldiers and Pilots rejoice ‘Heil Hitler’. The British cower before us at Dunkirk; we chase them into the sea. They are morally defeated and Germany shall prevail.Rolph GütemenThe tactic we used to defeat France was the same as the tactic we used in Poland and the Low Countries, the ‘lightning strike’ blitzkrieg. The tactic worked with spectacular results. France had fallen. England should have been an easy task. One difficulty we hadn’t faced before was clearly evident; Britain was surrounded by water and had a large navy to defend it. The English Channel, although small, was a barrier to our advance westwards. A river crossing you might say, just larger and more deadly than any that we had yet faced.The main problem with the invasion of England was its Navy. Because of the successful Norwegian Invasion, our Navy suffered greatly to obtain victory. The British forces though wounded by the Dunkirk evacuation were still strong enough to hinder our invasion.The British had one other advantage that helped them to prevent our victory. The British had set up large, steel towers along its south eastern coastline. These were in fact towers that pricked up our aircrafts location and sent it back to Fighter Command HQ. A map is shown above that relays the low-level range and the high-level range of these towers. From espionage information we have gathered, the towers are difficult to destroy from the air, also most of the operating systems for the towers are underground. Goering ordered attacks on these towers early in the Battle of Britain. Limited success was achieved by these attacks.Dear Diary,2nd August 1940Operation Eagle Attack has been announced by the German High Command. The Battle of Britain has begun. The first plans are being launched on attacks on...

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