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The Battle Of Britain

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The Battle of Britain turned out to be critically important to the destiny of Japan when her leaders failed to recognize the fact that the tide of war had changed in favour of Britain as early as the middle of September 1940. Then Hitler gave up his plan to invade Britain and directed his attention towards the Soviet Union thereby sealing his own fate forever. The Japanese leaders' colossal failure led to another that committed Japan to her alliance with Germany and Italy on the 27th of the same month. Thereafter, naval cooperation between Japan and Germany was noticeably accelerated. It is regrettable that unbiased reports by the Japanese military attachés in London and other posts were accorded little attention in Tokyo. Thus, Japan placed herself on the final course to national disaster. This chapter also outlines France's defeat and the Allied retreat from Dunkirk.

Keywords: Battle of Britain; Germany; Hitler; Italy; Japanese military attachés; Soviet Union



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