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Posted by: Wingman Apr 2 2008, 07:30 PM
In honor of the celebration of the 90th anniversary of the RAF, which was yesterday, I put this fight up: if Hitler had not stopped his air campaign against the British Isles and continued to try to bomb the civilian targets into submission, would the RAF been able to hold them off? Let's say that they have to hold off until mid January, which from October 10, would mean that they have to hold out, in any way shape, or form, for three months before the Germans leave. Will the Luftwaffe win air superiority over the Isles, or will Winston Churchill and the iron will of the British people hold? Your call!!!

Posted by: hamboy Apr 2 2008, 08:18 PM
Well, he stopped for a reason. He had taken a sore beating at the hands of the RAF that day. Continuing would have just f*cked his airforce up more... wouldn't it?

Posted by: Wingman Apr 3 2008, 01:39 AM
QUOTE (hamboy @ Apr 2 2008, 04:18 PM)
Well, he stopped for a reason. He had taken a sore beating at the hands of the RAF that day. Continuing would have just f*cked his airforce up more... wouldn't it?

I personally believe that the British had the will and certainly the manpower to resist further attacks, but you never know. Hilter was losing many planes and aircrews, true, but he really stopped because he got impatient that Operation Sealion wasn't commencing on schedule, and he wanted to concentrate all his attention on Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union, the biggest, dumbest, craziest mistake the mustached artist from Vienna ever did. And it cost him dearly.

Posted by: Buzz Line Apr 3 2008, 02:11 AM
I think he would of been better off with a land invasion. Then again I don't want to imagine Germany beating Britain so I'm glad he stuck to the air and lost.

Posted by: hamboy Apr 3 2008, 02:26 AM
QUOTE (Buzz Line @ Apr 3 2008, 02:11 AM)
I think he would of been better off with a land invasion. Then again I don't want to imagine Germany beating Britain so I'm glad he stuck to the air and lost.

Problem with an attempted land invasion is that, at the time, our Navy was a fuggin beast. Britain pretty much had a definate Naval superiority at the time.

Posted by: Wingman Apr 3 2008, 12:47 PM
QUOTE (hamboy @ Apr 2 2008, 10:26 PM)
QUOTE (Buzz Line @ Apr 3 2008, 02:11 AM)
I think he would of been better off with a land invasion. Then again I don't want to imagine Germany beating Britain so I'm glad he stuck to the air and lost.

Problem with an attempted land invasion is that, at the time, our Navy was a fuggin beast. Britain pretty much had a definate Naval superiority at the time.

Absolutely. Hilter wasn't willing to try an amphib. operation unless he had definite air superiority. Otherwise, the Royal Navy would shred the hundreds of lightly armored, slow moving transport craft. I almost wish they had gone through with it, just to see that curpstomp.

Posted by: boston_celtics Apr 3 2008, 01:45 PM
The British had limited resources and would have collapsed eventually to the stronger Germans, due to the fact Germany hsd the man power and the resources. But Hitler didn't push forward because

1. He was getting pimp slapped.

2. All resources were being devoted to the invasion of Russia.

But you know, in my opinion, had the Germans finished off the British at Dunkirk, England would have collapsed.

Posted by: Wingman Apr 3 2008, 02:14 PM
QUOTE (boston_celtics @ Apr 3 2008, 09:45 AM)
The British had limited resources and would have collapsed eventually to the stronger Germans, due to the fact Germany hsd the man power and the resources. But Hitler didn't push forward because

1. He was getting pimp slapped.

2. All resources were being devoted to the invasion of Russia.

But you know, in my opinion, had the Germans finished off the British at Dunkirk, England would have collapsed.

I agree that Dunkirk would've sealed it. But one thing: Hitler made the crucial mistake in middle of September to switch around the clock bombing from military installations and RAF targets to civilian targets because of British reprisal to an accidental attack on London. This switch happened RIGHT when the RAF was stretched to it's limit and couldn't have gone much longer before collapsing. Hilter screwed himself with this mistake. Thinking it would break the resolve of the British people, they instead just became more determined to beat the Luftwaffe. And during this, Fighter Command was able to give it's pilots and crews rest from the relentless assault. Given a breather to repair, rearm, and build more planes, the Spitfires and Hurricanes took to the air again against the Luftwaffe. The rest, as they say, is history.

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