The Major Cities of Britain that Were Bombed by the Germans
There are quite a few reasons as to why the major cities of Britain
such as London, Coventry, Plymouth and even Manchesterand Glasgow were
bombed by the Germans in 1940 to 1941.
Although for Britain the Second World War began on the 3rd September
1939 it did not really begin until 1940. Thus from 1939 to 1940 became
a period known as the "Phoney War".
The bombing of the major cities was known as the Blitz, the German
word for lightening, and one of the reasons why Hitler decided to bomb
Britain was because he had given up his attempt to invade Britain in
September 1940. Before Hitler ...view middle of the document...
Also Hitler believed he could use similar tactics against
Another major reason for the Blitz was more to do with the people of
Britain. It was hoped that the bombing of major British cities would
break the morale of British people if they saw their homes being
destroyed and the people closest to them being killed. Hitler hoped
and believed that by braking people's morale, the people of Britain
would then force the British government to surrender to the Germans.
Hitler also bombed the major cities of Britain in an attempt to
destroy industry. The London Docks were attacked regularly too. The
German airforce, the Luftwaffe, also tried to bomb gas-holders, power
stations, railway lines and junctions. These were the things that were
of importance to the British people, which they needed, in their daily
lives. Other major cities such as Coventry, Plymouth and Liverpool
were bombed as some were major industrial areas e.g. Coventry and
others were major ports e.g. Plymouth. Hitler also wanted to bomb
industry to reduce the British capacity to fight the war.
One of Hitler's reasons to bomb the major cities of Britain was so
that he could distract the British Government from the war. By bombing
the major British cities he would make many people homeless, with
nothing to eat and no where to go. By the end of the bombing 1.4
million people were homeless, this was a real problem for the
government. As well as the many millions...