Primary History KS2: WW2 Clips. An RAF briefing

A briefing for RAF crews prior to a raid.

An RAF briefing prior to a bombing raid.

After Dunkirk the planes of RAF Bomber Command became the only means of attacking the enemy. The RAF carried out bombing missions over Germany throughout the war, but the activity escalated from 1942 onwards.

At this time Bomber Command took a strategic decision to switch attacks from exclusively military targets to the bombing of cities. Hence the experiences of British civilians during the Blitz became the experiences of German civilians also.

Many people feel that the strategic bombing campaign was entirely justified by Nazi Germany's own actions. But it remains a contentious issue and some say a question mark against the conduct of the Allies during the War.

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