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Old 21-10-2017, 13:10
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Default The battle for Britain was won by the many...not just The Few

I have just received this article from a friend who sadly reads controversial newspapers but the article is worthy and signed by senior officers with whom I agree.
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Old 21-10-2017, 15:55
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Default Re: The battle for Britain was won by the many...not just The Few

"Controversial newspapers"? The topic may prove more controversial.

The article makes this statement:-
"The strategic objective of The Battle of Britain was to ensure the barrier to invasion imposed by the Royal Navy could not be breached".

In my opinion, that is a flawed understanding of strategic warfare since the arrival of air power, even by the standards of 1940s air power. There were two barriers to invasion, firstly the RAF and secondly the RN both of equal importance to avert invasion. Without total air superiority by the Luftwaffe over the English Channel, the Germans never had any chance of a successful invasion. Only the destruction of the RAF would have given them an opportunity to contemplate invasion.
The Battle of Britain the air war over the Channel and nearest land needed to be won by the RAF. If they failed, only then would the onus have fallen on the RN to defend the homeland against invasion. For the Wehrmacht to ship men and equipment (an invasion force of some magnitude) across the Channel, they would need constant air cover brought about by air superiority. This they never achieved.

Refer the invasion of Europe (Normandy beaches and D-Day) in 1944 and take the lesson from total air superiority by the Allies and the successful landing of hundreds of thousands of men by the end of June 1944.
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