Among the many large and small battles during World War II there were three main battles that stopped Hitler's forward march, and thus laid the foundation for his defeat.
England stood for victory in the two of them - Battle of Britain and El Alamein, the Soviet Union for the third - Stalingrad.
Stalingrad was probably one of the most important battles in WWII. Nevertheless, it was crucial to the West European democracies survival that England did not lose the Battle of Britain.
In virtually all of England's other victories over Germany in World War II, the situation was that England had superiority in combat forces, and had important intelligence on the Germans' strategic and tactical plans.
It was therefore so much more remarkable that the Fighter Command defeated the German Luftwaffe in September 1940 - in a historical perspective.
The architect behind the victory in the Battle of Britain in 1940 was head of Fighter Command Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding.
The French army leadership´s catastrophic misinterpretation of the Manstein plan was the biggest blunder of the Battle of France. The French Prime Minister Paul Reynaud was aware, as early as 15 May, that the battle for France was lost. Just 5 days after the German attack on Western Europe began.
Study history my friend, not just read it
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