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The London Blitz

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German Invasion of North England

Battle for London 1946
Althist Bomb Damaged Stepney Bomb damage on the Mile End Road, Stepney.
Beginning:

September 7, 1940

End:

September 8, 1940

Place:

The East End of London

Outcome:

A German Major victory

Major battles:

St Katharine Docks, parts of Stepley Borough, parts of Bethnal Green Borough and the Tower of London.

Combatants

Reichskriegsflagge38-45 Germany
Franceaxisworld Vichy France

Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957 Canada
Flag of Australia Australia
Flag of Free France 1940-1944 Free French Forces
Flag of Poland Free Poland

Commanders

Reichskriegsflagge38-45 Hermann Göring
Reichskriegsflagge38-45 Hugo Sperrle
Reichskriegsflagge38-45 Albert Kesselring
Reichskriegsflagge38-45 Hans Jeschonnek

Flag of the United Kingdom Winston Churchill
Flag of the United Kingdom Hugh Dowding
Flag of the United Kingdom Sir Frederick Pile,
Flag of the United Kingdom Owen Tudor Boyd
Flag of the United Kingdom Sir Leslie Gossage

Strength

≈1.1 Million

≈45,500

Casualties and Losses

≈46, 678

≈2,000 Allied militery
4,600 UK civilians
16 civilian Canadian sailors
2 Canadian grain ships.


Overview

The German victories at Southhampton and Hastings, allowed German forces to surround and create a ring around London, one similar to Soviet tactics at the First Battle of Stalingrad. The British army could only muster a force of 100,000 mostly inexperienced boys and old men from the home guard to fight against the well armed professional soldiers of the Wehrmacht. Never the less they had the fortune of a American forces of about 40,000 based in London to help in defence of the city. By the time Nazi allied forces entered the city, it was greatly defended and fortified.

German Advance

The German 7th and 9th armies launched fierce attacks into East London, concentrating on capturing a heavily defended Whitechapel, with strong tank poundings the German routed and then stormed British defensive position throughout the town. Killing many of the young boys, and women in the process.

British counter-attack

Battle of Buckingham Palace

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