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Response to RZM (Reply #52)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 04:19 AM

54. The Luftwaffe wanted to destroy the RAF et-al and aircraft factories

 

Hitler originally wanted to capture England intact, when this proved implausible he shifted strategy to bombing the British population into an armistice. That is when the British cities burned - after the invasion was called off in the fall of 1940. London for instance has never returned to their prewar population. We can debate the extent of damage forever but the point is post-war England was an economic wreck. The UK required almost five billion dollars of direct US aide in the years immediately after WW2, substantially more than West Germany.

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