Battle of Britain Turning Point ?

Disclaimer: Work was done on site with filming is being done as we speak as well (also apologise for the weird paragraphing will be sorted asap)

This edition of the History Guys blog, was actually done on the site of the Battle of Britain Memorial near Folkestone Kent. Take into account the below statement made by Richard Evans.

Irrespective of whether Hitler was really set on this course, he simply lacked the resources to establish the air superiority that was the sine qua non of a successful crossing of the English Channel. A third of the initial strength of the German air force, the Luftwaffe, had been lost in the western campaign in the spring. The Germans lacked the trained pilots, the effective fighter planes, and the heavy bombers that would have been needed. (Evans, Richard J. “Immoral Rearmament” ).


The Battle of Britain, is taught in most schools in the United Kingdom as a major turning point in the second world war. How much of this is true ? Most people know the course of the battle and how in respect to the airmen involved it was a mixed affair for the Royal Airforce. Who ironically the best aces were the exiled Polish Fighter Pilots.  Interesting to note is that most military historians believe that even if the south-east of England was lost to the German Airforce the RAF would have pulled back simply to the north of London and kept up operations. Realistically it may not have made much difference to Combat operations.

Back on topic. The politically the victory showed the Americans that the British in a sense were not simply going to roll over and die. This would prompt the so-called Arsenal of Democracy. With the British fighting in North Africa and really to Hitler this was only a side-show and to a point he is right. What the Battle of Britain did provide the Allies with the most important asset. This is the form of a country sized aircraft carrier of the coast of mainland Europe.  This would help provide the basis for the Landings in Operation Torch, Italy and Normandy.  Must mention the importance of the bomber offensive, and how strategic bomber bases were used to help hit the heart of the German war machine.

Is the Battle a turning point yes to an extent, it made it much

more easier for the Allies to hit back at the Axis powers in the long-term. The short-term effects it postponed the invasion. There is no possible way that the Germans could have invaded with the air cover in place, due the massive presence of the Royal Navy.