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Title: THE BULLDOG IN THE ROOM: GERMAN STRATEGY AGAINST BRITAIN, 1940-1941
Authors: GAVIN LEONG FOO KIT
Keywords: World War II
Germany
Britain
Hitler
OKW
war
strategy
grand strategy
Issue Date: 6-Apr-2020
Citation: GAVIN LEONG FOO KIT (2020-04-06). THE BULLDOG IN THE ROOM: GERMAN STRATEGY AGAINST BRITAIN, 1940-1941. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Between June 1940 and June 1941, Hitler and the German military leadership made repeated attempts to knock Britain out of the war. The fall of France in June 1940 caught the Germans by surprise. The German military as a whole had not yet planned for operations to be conducted against Britain, as they had not anticipated that they would achieve victory over the French and British forces so swiftly. Even when the victory occurred, Hitler had anticipated that the British would be forced by their militarily weaker position to recognize German hegemony in Europe and make peace. Yet Britain refused, leaving the Germans with the crucial question of how to deal with Britain. This question would occupy the minds of Hitler and the German military leadership until the Germans fully committed themselves to the attack on the USSR. This thesis argues that the command structure of the German military leadership and the lack of a coordinating body to facilitate effective forward planning and strategy compromised Germany’s ability to produce a realistic and cohesive strategy to defeat Britain during this period. To this end, the three chapters of this thesis will trace German decision-making and the development of German strategy against Britain by Hitler and the German military leadership. The first chapter will discuss Germany’s initial attempts to engage Britain directly, namely the German call for peace, the British refusal and the subsequent air offensive. The second chapter will focus on the efforts of Grand Admiral Raeder and Foreign Minister Ribbentrop to persuade Hitler to try alternative strategies, and the extent to which Hitler acted on these ideas. Finally, the third chapter will discuss the extent to which German operations in response to the war developments in the Mediterranean were conducted with the aim of defeating Britain in mind.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/184350
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