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The Battle of Britain was an important test of the efficiency of British airplane technology. Up to the start of the war, the Royal Air Force continued to struggle against conventional concepts of warfare in which the air force maintained a precarious position. But the amazing and swift development of German air power prompted the British to galvanize the air force into a separate military branch that could eventually reach parity with the Germans. The developments made by the British such as the practical use of radar, the design of sophisticated fighter planes and the overall organization of command and production were unprecedented in the amount of time Britain had to prepare for eventual war with Germany.

Not only did the Battle of Britain provide an opportunity to test the efficiency and performance of the newly developed air force, but the battle also had a greater strategic meaning to the country as a whole. The threat of a German invasion at the time of the battle was very real and had to be fought against at all costs. Britain could no longer depend on her superiority on the sea for homeland protection; therefore strategic importance was placed on the defense of the country from the air. The fact that the Battle of Britain was the preliminary step to a German invasion made the fight all the more urgent from the British. And the bombing raids on British cities placed the defense not only of the country’s sovereignty but also the people’s security into the hands of the RAF. With the new aerial technology and sheer determination to survive, the British Royal Air Force prevailed against the German menace and played an early role in turning the tide of the war.

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