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OpenStudy (anonymous):

During the Battle Of Normandy why did they not take England as quickly?

OpenStudy (anonymous):

The Battle of Normandy happened in 1944 during June and July. I think your question is confusing the Battle of Britain with this, which was July to September 1940. The Germans needed complete air supremacy in order to launch a naval assault on southern England. The Battle of Britain culminated in a huge fight over the skies of London and the southern counties on September 15th and is to this day remembered in England as Battle of Britain Day. The Germans failed to take control of the skies aftere a relentless daily bombing campaign over the two month period. After September 15th air raids were confined to nightly attacks only and marked the beginning of the Blitz. As air supremacy was not achieved, a naval assault would have been suicidal and so Operation See Lion (the invasion of Britain) was cancelled. The autumn and winter months were ahead also and this also had its part to play in the cancellation of the invasion. Churchill however was convinced that another attempt by Nazi Germany would follow in the following year. Hitler however, could wait no longer and launched his assault on the Soviet Union in the summer of 1941, having written Britain off as not having the ability to fight an aggressive war any more.

OpenStudy (anonymous):

thank you so much...for sharing your knowledge

OpenStudy (anonymous):

The Nazis switched from bombing RAF airfields to bombing London, at Hitler's insistence. Sticking to the first policy might have won them the war. Doing the second certainly didn't.

OpenStudy (anonymous):

The answers given are comprehensive.But to add a point often overlooked,The Nazis did hope to come to some form of settlement with the UK which would allow them to concentrate resources for the invasion of the Soviet Union.At this period in the war,summer 1940,there were many in high places(though nowhere near a majority of the population) who advocated peace with Germany.

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