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The Battle of Britain Some historians talk of crucial battles where the right man in the right place at the right time can alter the course of history Others say that the forces of history are inexorable and mere mortals can barely hope to influence much less deflect or halt them The Battle of Britain is very close to evidence for the former view It is known as the greatest aerial battle ever fought and was a large contributor to the Allies victory of the Second World War It came at a time when Britain disillusioned by the carnage of the Great War was beginning to doubt its powers Britains triumph in the battle would restore their lost confidence and play an important role in helping them to defeat Hitler In May of 1940 Germany invaded France The French army and its British and Belgian allies were overpowered by the German blitzkrieg Toward the end of May Allied troops were backed up to the coast of France in the town of Dunkirk In a daring rescue attempt an armada of ships from England picked up the soldiers and brought them across the English Channel to safety Ships of all kinds were used ranging from Royal Navy ships to fishing boats The Royal Air Force provided cover protecting the troops from German planes Over 300000 soldiers were saved from the oncoming German army France fell into German hands however and only the English Channel separated Great Britain from the enemy At this time Hitler was planning operation Seelowe which would be an attempt to invade Britain As ever the Royal Navy was Britains first and last line of defense The Germans smaller navy hardly stood a chance against the determined British forces Consequently Hitler relied heavily on the powerful Luftwaffe the German air force to control the English Channel and destroy the Royal Navy The Germans had one great advantage they had many more
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