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Old 10-11-2017, 07:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Se9 eagles View Post
Agree regarding Sealion but not the Battle of Britain.If Goering had kept bombing the airfields rather than switching to London the battle could well have been lost.An interview with one of Dowding's staff for the World at War series shows what a close run thing it was.And if the Luftwaffe had succeeded in destroying the radar installations then that would really have been game over...
I'm not so sure about that either. Goering changed tactic because he was running out of time and the other reason, him being an idiot unable to see that his airforce was not fit for purpose. It was great with an army to support, but alone not so good. Regarding the aerodromes, they were very hard to put out of action and rather easy to fill in the holes made by the bombs, so were quickly operational. For example, despite the frontline aerodrome of Manston being struck in pinpoint raids by Erpro.210 as well as level bombing, it was never out of action. There were also intelligence failures, with Eastchurch on Sheppey getting a regular pounding, but that was a Coastal Command base and not used by the RAF.

Concerning Radar, there were serious raids on CH stations but at significant cost, and the towers were very hard to damage. Nonetheless they did take some of the stations out believing that they were totally destroyed, only for the British to plug the gaps with mobile units and repair the damage. Ventnor was hard hit but was fully online inside a month. Because of this the Germans decided it was not worth further expense attacking them. This lack of understanding of the system was significant because further pressure may have worked, we do not know, but we weren't ever close to being blind.

Dowding's staff argued over strategy but they did not have Ultra and Dowding, to his credit, never let on. He may have adjusted had we lost RDF anyway.

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