What was the Blitz and could it have won WW2 for Germany?

London, Coventry, Manchester and many more were bombed. But could the Blitz have worked?

After suffering defeat in the Battle of Britain, the Luftwaffe changed tactics and began bombing British towns and cities. This period of aerial attacks is known as ‘The Blitz’. Though the British people stood strong in the face of those German attacks, how close were they to giving in?

In this episode of IWM Stories, Senior Curator Ian Kikuchi answers that very question by looking at one the deadliest nights of the Blitz, the bombing of Coventry.

0:00 Intro
1:11 The German Strategy
1:49 Expectations and Preparations
3:45 The Bombing of Coventry
6:11 The Aftermath of the Bombing
7:20 Could the Blitz have worked?
9:02 Conclusion

CC Attributions:
Coventry Cathedral Ruins with Rainbow by Andrew Walker // CC-BY-SA 3.0

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