While the UK’s dominions and Allies fought side by side in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Malaysia, during WW2 the people of England’s cities had the war delivered to their homes by the German Luftwaffe Bombers. Coventry was bombed and the term “Blitz” was born. In return after being driven out of France the only way to take the war to Germany was by using the Royal Airforce Bomber Command. Even so it took almost 2 years before any really effective bombing was to hit Germany. The RAF bombers had been ordered to avoid bombing civilians and either avoid targets near to civilian building or be as accurate as possible. Although this was later to change - Germany had no such qualms about civilians being killed or injured.
Even as Germany was acting across Europe like any bully in a school, when their cities were bombed, they cried out in protest ! Outraged that Berlin was bombed Hitler labelled the RAF crews as “Terror flyers”. Like all bullies, when they face retaliation, they shout unfair!
Germany also protested when a statue was erected in honour of Sir Arthur Harris. Equally without credibility or cause, those in England who protested should have spent their time pondering how their life would have changed had Hitler won the war. Certainly, the free speech they engaged in to voice their views - would have been dealt with very severely by the Gestapo!
There was no right of protest in Germany, at least not after after Hitler and his Black Shirt thugs used protest marches to destabilise German government of the day and eventually take over.
After the Battle of Britain was won and invasion avoided, the only way to take the war to Germany was by sending the RAF and so it would remain until the Sicily landings and the slow march to Berlin.
The aerial bombing of cities was intended to destroy the enemy's morale, and was introduced by the Germans in the opening days of World War 1.
In this instance, “the enemy” was in fact the civilian population. In France a lone aircraft dropped - by hand - a few small bombs which damaged Notre Dam cathedral. Hardly a military target!
In August 1914 a German Zeppelin bombed the Belgian city of Lièg. Again, the civilian population were the victims by intent.
On 26 April 1937 The bombing of Guernica was an aerial attack on the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War, carried out at the behest of the Spanish nationalist government by its allies, the German air force's Condor Legion and the Italian Aviazione Legionaria.
The operation was code named Operation Rügen. The bombing is considered one of the first raids on a defenceless civilian population by a modern air force.
Hitler’s troops set out to invade Poland and the world was witness to the events from photographs in newspapers, radio reports in their homes and newsreels in their local cinemas.
Churchill understood what was in store for Britain - IF somebody did not stands up to face the enemy. The population of Britain also knew what they faced and how others had suffered and then it was England's turn to face the threat from Hitlers favoured Blitzkrieg.
This book will introduce the lead up to events in “The Blitz” and also an abridged account of the events leading to the declaration of war and the actions in the following years to VE day.