Why and what was the aim of Hitler to siege of Britain?
- 2 months agoFavorite Answer
By "siege of Britain" I presume you mean the attack on London, aka the Battle of Britain.
This was retaliation against Britain after Churchill spend months targeting German civilians on nightly raids. Hitler held back in responding, hoping that Churchill would tire of his game and quit. But Churchill interpreted Hitler's lack of response as weakness, so the attacks were increased, including targeting innocent civilians in Berlin. Hitler finally had enough and launched his attack on London.
The worst part is that Hitler and Chamberlain were of the same mind in that they felt that wars should be fought between military forces and that civilian targets should be avoided. Churchill obviously didn't believe this way and because he chose to target civilians in his night bombing runs as well in his attack on Berlin, Hitler broke his resolve and responded in kind.
After Britain declared war on Germany they must have expected Hitler to just sit and wait for it to come to him because any mention of actions by Germany receives expressions of astonishment of "how could Hitler attack Britain?".
To paraphrase Hitler, "If I see someone aim a gun at me, I'm not going to wait for him to pull the trigger to find out what his intentions are." Britain issued the challenge and then was surprised when Hitler acted on it.
He didn't want to attack London, but Churchill's relentless bombings against civilian targets forced him into it. Because the British lacked the ability to locate military targets at night and they were too scared to fly over Germany in the daytime, their policy was "bomb anywhere there is a light on".
Of course, this "too scared to fly over Germany in the daytime" statement will undoubtedly meet with denial, but the fact is, Britain was quite lacking in military strength - much more so than claims of "air superiority" suggest. The reason they reneged on their promise to back Poland up when Germany invaded was that they didn't have the forces necessary.
The period between Germany's invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939 and Churchill's ascendancy to become Prime Minister on May 10, 1940, was known as the "Phony War" because after Hitler invaded Poland (which took around 2 weeks) Britain did virtually nothing - because they couldn't.
If a country declares war on another country they should be in a position to back it up - Britain wasn't. They never intended to honor their pledge to Poland. They were just manipulating Poland into provoking a war with Germany so they (Britain) would have justification to declare war on Germany.
Keep in mind that Hitler tried many times to avoid war before it was declared and then to make peace after it started - Britain refused every attempt.
And yet, the history books claim that Germany was the aggressive party and that Hitler wanted war. This is obviously a false narrative, and it leads to many other misrepresented facts that were designed to paint Hitler as the epitome of evil.
I should add that in the matter of "Lebensraum" Hitler is mischaracterized. The "living space" he was after was the area that was taken from Germany by the illegal Versailles Treaty. The right of self-determination is an internationally recognized right that was denied to Germany when its territory was broken up and scattered.
In the German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact, the areas Hitler wanted were the same ones that were stolen from Germany by the Versailles Treaty. Hitler wasn't trying to walk away with more real estate than he was entitled to - he only wanted what rightfully belonged to Germany.
(For those who want to throw Czechoslovakia into the debate, I suggest you familiarize yourself with the word "protectorate".)
The main thing Hitler was proposing to Poland was 1) to reclaim Danzig, and 2) establish a narrow passage through the Polish Corridor to allow him access to support and defend his people. Poland didn't want to give up Danzig because it was a large port that benefitted their needs.
The negotiations were rough, but they were still going until Britain suckered them into the Anglo-Polish military alliance, giving Poland a false sense of confidence so that they would end the negotiations altogether.
Britain brought it on themselves, and the good citizens of London have Churchill to thank for their misery.
- TinaLv 72 months ago
Dave (aka Hour Glass)
Why do you keep repeating this piece of nonsense:
"Hitler and Chamberlain were of the same mind in that they felt that wars should be fought between military forces and that civilian targets should be avoided."
Then why did Hitler begin his invasion of Poland by bombing Wielun, Działoszyn, Radomsko, and Sulejów, four Polish towns with no air defences, and no military targets?They were most definitely civilian targets. In Wielun they bombed the All Saints Hospital, and strafed patients as they fled the burning building.
The Polish invasion was marked by civilian massacres, and the arrest without trial of Polish Jews who were forced into various ghetto prisons, to starve. Hitler was to finish by killing around 11 million civilians, 6 million of them Jews, besides the civilians killed by his bombers.
And no, 'The Battle of Britain' was never called 'the attack on London' (not even by the Germans, who called it "the Air Battle for England" - the attack on London was called The Blitz.
You may of course claim the Brits were "too scared to fly over Germany in the daytime" and that "the fact is, Britain was quite lacking in military strength" you have also compared Britain's military defence unfavourably to a group of girl scouts armed with slingshots - all the more remarkable then that they won the Battle of Britain and that Hitler was never able to invade.
You also say: The "living space" he [Hitler] was after was the area that was taken from Germany by the illegal Versailles Treaty."
But how can that be true? Hitler and Stalin split Poland between them and in 1941 Hitler turned on his erstwhile ally, and his troops overran the Russian territory. Hitler did not stop at Danzig - he occupied Poland until 1945.
How does that square with your claim that Hitler 'only' wanted the area lost by the Versailles Treaty?In short - what are you talking about?
- exactdukeLv 72 months ago
He needed his rear secured, so he could attack the USSR. That he didn't do this left an unsinkable aircraft carrier in his rear. The Brits & Americans were able to mass men, arms & equipment for a cross channel invasion. Hitler made other blunders in his war, but this was a big one.
- Anonymous2 months ago
To starve it of men and materiel in the hope that it would surrender.
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- Anonymous2 months ago
He had hoped that the UK would do nothing, as it had over Austria, Czechoslovakia, the Rhinelands etc. Since the UK declared war over Poland he was obliged to respond to stop their interference. As he failed to gain air superiority, occupation/invasion was not an option as it had been with France. He had to rely on attrition by cutting off food supplies from the USA and bombing the cities and ports, but his first fatal error was launching Barbarossa before concluding with Britain as it always left the potential for a reinvasion at some point.
- Anonymous2 months ago
Hitler never had any intent to seize the U.K. He just wanted it to make peace so he could devote full attention to invading & obliterating the U.S.S.R. That would serve his two-fold purpose of eradicating Bolshevism/Marxism & creating a large pastoral region in the western part of the U.S.S.R. It was to be the fulfillment of the long-held Germanic ideal of an eastern empire that would be self-sufficient.
He felt the U.K. & its empire were vital to the peace & management of the world.
- AustraliaLv 42 months ago
To establish a white successful kingdom.