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The Battle Of Britain As A Turning Point In The Defeat Of German In World War Two

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The Battle of Britain as a Turning Point in the Defeat of German in World War Two

By June 1940, Hitler had conquered six of the European Nations. Hitler
offered to make peace with Britain, after deciding that he believed
Britain to be in no state to fight. At the time, Britain's Prime
Minister, Winston Churchill, rejected the peace offering, refusing to
make any deals with Germany. This created a problem for Hitler, as his
main aim was to defeat the USSR and create an empire in the East. He
felt no need to be at war with Britain too. Britain prepared to fight
alone against Germany, and the Battle of Britain began on the 1st of
July, when German aircraft crossed the channel, and began to put their
plans to destruct the RAF, into action. The Battle of Britain was an
air battle, lasting through the summer of 1940. German bombers set out
to attack targets in Britain, and the British planes were sent to
intercept incoming Germans. Both Britain and Germany started with
weaknesses. Germany had previously used Blitzkrieg tactics (lightning
tactics using up-to-date technology ad military tactics.
Reinforcements would then capture territory.) Britain was fighting
alone, and if they lost, the USA would be vulnerable to attack. The
Battle of Britain ended as the Blitz began, when in September 1940,
the German Luftwaffe changed tactics, and bombed London. This essay is
going to explore the factors which determine whether the Battle of
Britain was a turning point in the war, or not.

One of the factors which needs to be considered is that the Battle of
Britain was Hitler's first real defeat. Before the Battle of Britain,
Hitler was able to use the Blitzkrieg tactics to defeat Poland in
September 1939, Holland and Belgium in May 1940, and Norway, also in
1940. Hitler was now used to victory, but as the Blitzkrieg tactics
couldn't be used, it became clear that the Battle of Britain would be
a sea and air invasion. Hitler decided that his main aim was to
attempt to wipe out the RAF. Britain started off with fewer aircraft
and if they lost the air battle, the battle at sea would not be
successful. This was because they would not have protection from the
air. By the end of July 1940, Britain and the RAF had lost 118
aircraft, and only had 600 aircraft up against 2400 German aircraft.
The war at sea was going in Germany's favour, and by summer 1940, it
became obvious that without air defences, Britain wouldn't survive the
war. On 13th August 1940(Eagle Day), Hitler ordered German aircraft to
crush the RAF, ports, factories and radio stations. Germany lost more
planes than Britain did, but as Britain had less planes to begin with,
Germany still had more aircraft overall. Four days later, a naval
blockade began, and Britain lost 56 ships by the German U-Boats. More
than a quarter of British pilots were...

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