Great Britain in World War II

Jonathan Larson

The Miracle at Dunkirk

German forces had trapped the British and French armies in Belgium, leaving them with only one port to escape through: Dunkirk.

  Instead of finishing off the Allied soldiers, Hitler ordered a three-day delay.  This gave the British time to strengthen their defensive lines and to begin evacuation, Operation Dynamo. 

Vice Admiral Ramsay

After the evacuation almost all of the British army's equipment remained at Dunkirk.

The Battle of Britain

For Germany to invade Britain they first had to destroy the British Royal Air Force.  In August the German air force, known as the Luftwaffe, launched an all-out air battle to destroy the Royal Air Force.  

German bombers accidentally bombed London on August 23.  Hitler then changed tactics and began to concentrate on bombing London.

The German's planes greatly outnumbered the British air force.  However the British had developed a new technology called radar.  Using this new radar and the skill of over 2,000 British pilots, Britain was able to stop the invasion of Britain.

Douglas Bader is one of the most famous British pilots.  After losing both of his legs in a flying accident in 1931, he still managed to shoot down 22 German Air Craft during the Battle of Britain. 


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