Battle of Britain 1 |
The Nazi Assault on London 1 |
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The Nazi Assault on London
On the 24th August 1941 the German assault was renewed. The Nazis were clearly taken aback at
the resistance of the valiant and heavily out numbered British fighter squadrons. Marshal
Goering was infuriated by the British pilots stubbornness and was determined to put them out
of the battle once and for all.
He sent over formations of bombers smaller than before, but more heavily escorted; and these
directed their attacks against the British airfields not only in the southeast but farther
inland and on a wider front.
Though these attacks did great damage the British had dispersed their aircraft and also made
sure the runways were repaired with almost miraculous swiftness. It seemed to all that the
British defense had not weaken, but the War Office and the Prime Minister Winston Churchill
knew that the RAF could not keep this up and were really near the end.
Between August 24 and September 6 the Nazis delivered 35 attacks against British airfields.
The British lost 219 aircraft, of which the pilots of 132 landed safely. The German losses
were 378 planes.
On September 7 the German tactics were again changed. The bomber force was now concentrated
on London. What may have been the purpose of this we cannot tell for certain, for the aerodrome
attacks had not succeeded in their aim of giving the Germans unchallenged air superiority.
The Nazis hoped to force the British into surrender by a deadly and bitter assault on the
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