Without the help of Sir Keith Park and the Royal Air Force, the casualty number would have been a lot larger. Sir Keith Park commandeered the 11th Group of Fighter Command. Keith also created a brilliant plan for the defense of London and the South East of England. Keith was in command of the squadron that fought for the Battle of Britain. The failure of the Luftwaffe to defeat the Royal Air Force in 1940 at the Battle of Britain is seen as Germany’s first major mistake in the Second World War against the western front.
America, despite its efforts, could not remain neutral and was forced to enter World War 1. Germany did not respect America’s decision to stay neutral and purposely sunk their ships in the British Isles. They sent the Zimmerman Telegram uniting other countries against America. Lastly, they blockaded British ports and prevented American trade with France and GB. Over 100,000 Americans died during WW1, but were rewarded with patriotism, an Allie victory and trade which once again
Before the invasion, Allied forces bombed the area and dropped rubber paratroopers to confuse the German commanders. In addition, they dropped tons of aluminum strips into the air to mislead the Germans into thinking that Allied forces were heading their way. These tactics were effective for their purposes, and led to the success of
Battle of Britain The Battle of Britain, written by Richard Overy is a book about the fascinating adventures on the air battle of Britain during World War 2. The battle was conducted by the German air force against the United Kingdom during the summer of 1940 which had lasted till the fall. Known for being a historian, Richard Overy is also a professor at King’s College in London Ontario. Overy considers the battle a stalemate rather than a genuine victory, legends were made, and the RAF’s hardnosed fighting was the key factor in defending a threatening Nazi invasion. Richard Overy now makes it appear that a Nazi invasion was never a real possibility.
Germans would shell British trenches and the British soldiers would be ready for the attack. The aim of this battle was to ease pressure the Germans had put on the nearby village of Verdun, using the battle as a distraction. They relied heavily on the ‘New Army’ – the civilian recruits brought in by Lord Kitchener’s advertising campaign. These thousands upon thousands of men had absolutely no battle experience and insufficient training. At 7:30 am on the 1st of July, the British began a massive attack against German forces.
In early 1940, Germans invaded London, the capitol of Britain, and began to wage war against political offices, military stations, and civilians. This was met with little to no British resistance, and Nazi aircraft bombed the city repeatedly. London was eventually reduced to rubble, and citizens looked toward political figures such as their new Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, for a way to end the battle. Churchill’s reply to these outcries was “Their Finest Hour” speech, which effectively boosted morale, and urged British citizens to fight back against Germany. Winston Churchill’s speech styling makes the speech’s message enticing as well as informative.
The Battle of Britain was the name given to the sustained strategic effort by the German Air Force during the summer and autumn of 1940 to gain air superiority over the Royal Air Force of Britain. It was basically Germany’s first systematic attack on Great Britain. If Germany could control the air over Britain, it would make for a much easier land invasion. Therefore, the Battle of Britain would either cripple Great Britain or set back the Germans in their advances west and north. The Germans did systematic bombings of Great Britain during the Battle of Britain.
The German high command halted as the army was about to go for the kill (on orders from Hitler who at times would lose his nerve temporarily). Goering promised to destroy them with the Luftwaffe but despite the intense attack by the German air force, thousands of British soldiers escaped to fight another day. It was a psychological victory for England because it showed they were down but not out. Germany had won the day for sure, but despite the bloody beating England received, she was still standing.
The goal was to overwhelm the enemy and end the war early. Although the intended plan was unsuccessful, it still delivered a significant blow to the Germans. Artillery played a vital role in Operation Market Garden by giving several paratroopers on the ground the will to face, what seemed to be, impossible odds.
The mistakes that occurred by the Germans assisted the axis empire to be defeated, some examples of these errors are attempting to fight the war on multiple fronts, deciding to attack Russia as well as being at war with the USA as both of these countries could easily outnumber and surround the Nazis although Germany may have had little choice in fighting the USA as Britain was their closest ally and they would have got involved to defend their friend and Russia was planning to enter the war a few months after she was attacked anyway. Germany had made poor choices with allies; the alliance with Italy was a noose around the neck of the Nazis, Japan would’ve only made sense as an ally if it had attacked the Far East. Hitler chose his allies on ideology and not from shared interests or goals, the less powerful members of the axis only really wanted one thing, to gain territory. Hitler was the ultimate commander of Germany throughout the war so it seems inevitable that his decisions must be responsible for Germany having victory torn from their grasps in the Second World War. He refused to listen to anyone else’s advice,even his own