How did the Battle of Britain begin?


How did the Battle of Britain begin?

World War II, European Theater:

On September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland using the tested theory of blitzkrieg. On September 3, 1939, Britain and France declared war on Germany as allies of Poland. Poland would fall on September 27, 1939. With no fear of the Soviets, Germany would turn its attention on France. Instead of invading France on the border between the two nations, Germany invaded Belgium and Holland. They fell fairly quick, and Paris would fall on June 14, 1940. Britain was next.

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In late June 1940, the German Luftwaffe began probing runs along the English Channel with minimal bombing, mainly on shipping. From there, the...

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Germany vs Great Britain: Appeasement & the Battle Over Britain


Chapter 21 / Lesson 3

Before WWII, the British tried to avoid all-out war with fascist Germany with a policy called 'appeasement.' Learn how Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain implemented appeasement and then discover how its failures led to the Battle over Britain.

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