The Battle of Britain
Britain and Germany were involved in this conflict.
  • Britain was under prime minister Winston Churchill
  • Germany was under Adolf Hitler

The Battle of Britain started on September 7, 1940 in London, England. Luftwaffe, German air forces, started bombing London to break the British morale. Hitler planned to knock out the Royal Air Force (RAF), and land more than 250,000 soldiers on England's shore. Despite the destruction and loss of life, the British did not waver, and in fact, stayed strong. The Battle of Britain continued until Hitler decided to call off his attacks. Hitler's air force failed to gain control because of the technology that the British used against the Germans, which included useful radar and tracking devices. The British fought back harder than ever. Hitler postponed his plans against Britain because of this on May 10, 1941. He later decided to target eastern Europe and most importantly, the Soviet Union. The RAF lost an estimated 1,023 aircrafts, while the Luftwaffe lost approximately 1,887.

The Battle of Britain proved that Hitler and the Nazis could be stopped, which heightened the morale of Britain, along with the rest of Europe- the exact opposite of what Hitler wanted. Had it not been for this battle, Britain may have fallen to Nazi Germany. The outcome of this battle not only restored British determination, it also saved Europe as a whole from what would have come. Because of Winston Churchill's reluctance to let Britain fall, this battle is remembered as the turning point in World War II.

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Bombing of London

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