From: Detroit Mi, USA
Here's a good one for you: What happened the first week of September 1940 over on London that caused an unprovoked attack on Berlin? where 15 or so planes attempted to bomb Berlin, but none of the bombs made it through, but instead accidentilly bombed another German city thinking it was Berlin? You probably know the answer to that one, but not many know the second part. Why was it the best possible scenerio for the Germans to start bombing London. That is question 2. Here is 2a, and the most amazing of all: What was going on in the British parliament when churchill and his staff started to hear air raid sirens for the first time over London
It's basically a 3 part question even though there is a 2a. I challenge anyone to get all three answers. Here's a clue: it was a world altering event and no one knew about it until some 35-40 years later.
First part, are you thinking about the fact that a few German bombers bombed London by mistake?
Correct. That was the easy part. The next part is slightly harder: why was it the best thing that ever happened to England , indeed it's very survival when Hitler turned his planes on London. If you know the answer, try and give details as to why it was the very thing that saved England from a possible Sea Lion invasion because the 2nd part of this question has everything to so with what I just said
Ah, now the second part makes a LOT more sense
It was a godsent for the British due to the fact that their retaliation strike on Berlin enraged Hitler beyond belief (both he and Göring had promised that not a single bomb would fall on Berlin, after this Göering was humorously talked about as Meyer (believe it was Meyer) due to his speach "if a single bomb falls on Berlin you can call me Meyer".
So at this point Hitler demanded London bombed into obliveration, changing focus from RAF's airports and factories making plane components, this allowed RAF/Allied pilots to get some much needed rest, had the Germans continued their previous plan it was likely that RAF had to vacate Southern England, but by deciding to bomb London, the Germans allowed RAF to decide which attacks to intercept, and not forcing them to intercept all of the incoming attacks.
As to why this helped to save England from a possible Sealion I've allready stated, RAF were about to vacant Southern England.
OK, I knew someone would come through with that one for by that time the pilots they had left literally were not sleeping. So I'm not surprised there. Here is something that, although I can tell you as fact(I have read many books on WWII, and can't honestly remember which one, It might have been the swiss series on the world warII Encyclopedia series. I'll have to look), I can't remember where, but it is a reliable source for sure. What happened in the basement of the British parliment as the first bombs were hitting London) I am really curious if anyone knows this one. To say what happened was history altering is a major understatement.