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Mr. Guttman,

Of all the battles of WW II, the Battle of Britain seems the most “covered up”. I have noticed that many books and sources online (Wikipedia, ect…) do not tell the truth that Germany was close to defeating the RAF. “German losses were staggering”, “The RAF was able to replace the fighter losses” (British aircraft factories could keep up with losses), “Germany could not replace aircraft & pilots lost”, “Germany didn’t know how to deal with British radar”, and so on…the list is LONG. German industrial might was greater than Britain, and Germany had a much larger population.

Do you know what’s behind this “cover-up”? Do you think it’s British pride, or the pride the Allies had in general once the war was over?


Shawn Weber




Dear Mr. Weber,

Sorry, but to know what’s behind a cover-up regarding the true course of the Battle of Britain, there has to be one…and there isn’t. Just about every book written on the subject in the past 20 years mentions how close the Luftwaffe, in spite of all its own handicaps, came to eliminating the Royal Air Force when Adolf Hitler and Hermann Göring switched their priorities from eliminating the RAF to striking at British cities, thereby giving the RAF some critical breathing space in which to replace its own considerable losses. The latest detailed, balanced, well thought out analysis is Derek Robinson’s Invasion 1940, but by now it is in good company.



Jon Guttman

Research Director

World History

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