Why Germany Lost Wwii Essay

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H200 Argumentative Essay
Why was Germany unable to translate tactical and operational victories into strategic success during World War II? Cite evidence from H200 to support your answer.

MAJ James E. Curlee Jr.
Staff Group 13D

04JAN13

Why was Germany unable to translate tactical and operational victories into strategic success during World War II? More pointedly and stated simpler, why did Germany loose World War II?
Why Germany lost the war (despite its early tactical successes) is a simple question with a complex answer. And, over the years since Germany’s surrender at Reims, France on May 7, 1945, scholars and historians have provided a number of arguments to warrant their perspective answers. Consequently there are a
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Hitler believed, that current targeting practices were not effective and that bombing and attacking British cities would strike fear into British hearts and break their will to fight. By battle’s end, Lufwaffe losses numbered twice that of the RAF, and Hitler pushed the date of Operation Sealion back indefinitely. In order to see the disconnect between Germany’s ends, ways and means during the Battle for Britain, the question why were the Germans defeated must be answered.
During the Battle of Britain, the Germans were defeated for a number of reasons. The first reason is that the Germans fought too far away from their bases so that refueling and rearming were impossible. The German fighters had a very limited time which they could spend over Britain before their fuel got too low. Conversely, British fighters could land, refuel and rearm and be in the air again very quickly. This reason highlights the disconnect between what Germany wanted to achieve and the way they chose to achieve it. The second and perhaps most critical reason the Lufwaffe was defeated was the change of targets. The strategic shift from targeting airports, radar systems, and convoys, to cities was crucial and clearly displays Germany’s incoherent strategic objectives. If the objective was to destroy the RAF; to destroy its assets while on the ground instead of engaging in combat, why shift targets? It is now believed that Fighter Command was

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