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Battle of Britain


The German Nazis had a master plan to invade Britain. They had gotten rid of the French, one of their biggest threats. The Germans thought that the British would be a waste of troops and time, so the even offered to strike a deal with Britain. If the British did not interefere with the German expansion in Europe, then the Germans would not wage war against Britain. The British knew they couldn't let Adolf Hitler and the rest of the Germans take control of Europe, so they refused the tempting offer. The Nazis devised Operation Sealion in order to eliminate any British Threat. However, the British also had a plan. The German attack consisted of five main phases. As the battle began on July 10th of 1940, the RAF (Royal Air Force) and the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) battled above, mines were being laid around Britain. The RAF may have had much better quality planes that were more manueverable and had more firepower, but the Luftwaffe simply had an overwhelming number of planes. The first main phase of the attack consisted of the Luftwaffe attacking their airfields, radar stations, and aircraft factories in an attempt to disable the British aircraft before they even took off. This phase is also when the bombing started. The next phase began when the German attacks became more aggressive and made bigger air raids each attack. RAF had destroyed more of the Luftwaffe every time they had a conflict, but the battles were too big and there were too many German aircraft to keep up the fighting. The RAF was losing too many craft and almost lost the battle. However the RAF planes were coming back in bigger numbers and hung on. The Germans ordered the Luftwaffe to attack the British cities, but that was a mistake on their part. While cities were being attacked and bombed, the British were repairing their radars, aircraft, and airfield the whole time. London was bombed and part of it was destroyed and many people were slaughtered by the bombing. The bombing of cities stopped on September 15th and there was no way that Hitler could put Operation Sealion into action. However, the bombing on airfields and radar stations continued throught the battle. The final battle finally ended on October 31st. A total of 29,360 British troops were lost including 375 brave pilots who gave their lives for Britain's saftey. 930 British aircraft were downed and there were almost twice as many injuries as deaths. The Germans lost a total of 1623 aircraft however. Coventry was annahilated and destroyed and London was badly damaged. This was a turning point of the war because it was the first major loss to the Germans and their Luftwaffe.


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