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    What contributions did we make exactly.
    Could it have been won without us
    How did we assist the allies in winning it
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    Apparently D Day isn't about how the English got laid in Normandy
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    What contributions did we make exactly.
    Could it have been won without us
    How did we assist the allies in winning it
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    The UK played a vital strategic role in WW2. At the very beginning of WW2 it was doing pretty well and blowing the Germans away, until they turned their heavy AA guns from the sky and started pointing them at our slow and heavily armoured tanks. Once the Germans discovered that trick we ended up at Dunkirk trying to get the hell out of dodge. The 88mm AA design was so successful that the Germans put the cannon on their new tanks.

    The most important part the UK played was by staying in the war until other nations could unite around the cause. For instance if we got wiped out/occupied then the US would not have had a staging ground to launch a second front with us against Hitler.

    Secondly our ability to greatly damage/destroy the luftwaffe resulted in the allies gaining total air-superiority prior to D-DAY, and speaking of D-DAY it could not have happened without the British Navy that kept most of Hitler's surface fleet in drydock... as a result the only real contender we had to deal with were U-boats, which were highly effective until the US designed the B-24 (i think) Liberator that had enough range to close the 'Atlantic gap' (the spot where most anti-sub planes never reached due to a lack of fuel.)

    A final point is that because Hitler saw the Russian's as sub-human he only sent his medium skilled batallions into Russia en-masse, leaving a relatively small-but-elite contingent in Europe. It was Britain's posture as a nation standing alone but defiant that meant Hitler had to split his military forces before invading Russia which weakened his push into Russia significantly.

    The most important thing to remember is that WW2 was not won by one country or another. Russia might have killed the most Germans, the US might have killed the most Japanese. But it isn't always about how many kills, sometimes just still being in the fight, no matter how beat up you are, is the most important thing..

    Best regards to you and have a great evening-Francis.
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    Well America would have been quite safe either way being surrounded by a lot of water, it would have taken a large naval and air advance, the RAF and Royal Navy performed far better than their German counterparts which meant they couldn't mount a land invasion of Britain. If you think how close Britain actually is to France (only a few hours) it's really scary to think what could have happened in only a few hours.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    What contributions did we make exactly.
    Could it have been won without us
    How did we assist the allies in winning it
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    (Original post by Francis Urquhart)
    The UK played a vital strategic role in WW2. At the very beginning of WW2 it was doing pretty well and blowing the Germans away, until they turned their heavy AA guns from the sky and started pointing them at our slow and heavily armoured tanks. Once the Germans discovered that trick we ended up at Dunkirk trying to get the hell out of dodge. The 88mm AA design was so successful that the Germans put the cannon on their new tanks.

    The most important part the UK played was by staying in the war until other nations could unite around the cause. For instance if we got wiped out/occupied then the US would not have had a staging ground to launch a second front with us against Hitler.

    Secondly our ability to greatly damage/destroy the luftwaffe resulted in the allies gaining total air-superiority prior to D-DAY, and speaking of D-DAY it could not have happened without the British Navy that kept most of Hitler's surface fleet in drydock... as a result the only real contender we had to deal with were U-boats, which were highly effective until the US designed the B-24 (i think) Liberator that had enough range to close the 'Atlantic gap' (the spot where most anti-sub planes never reached due to a lack of fuel.)

    A final point is that because Hitler saw the Russian's as sub-human he only sent his medium skilled batallions into Russia en-masse, leaving a relatively small-but-elite contingent in Europe. It was Britain's posture as a nation standing alone but defiant that meant Hitler had to split his military forces before invading Russia which weakened his push into Russia significantly.

    The most important thing to remember is that WW2 was not won by one country or another. Russia might have killed the most Germans, the US might have killed the most Japanese. But it isn't always about how many kills, sometimes just still being in the fight, no matter how beat up you are, is the most important thing..

    Best regards to you and have a great evening-Francis.
    And you can't forget the tech that the UK provided. They provided tech, such as radar and assisted quite a bit with the founding of the Manhattan project (the amount of help they provided after that for it declined, but that's understandable) in return for American manufacturing.

    Basically, the UK kept the strategic position opened and provided a lot of the initial tech, Russia had to be modernized by the UK and US and just threw people at the German war machine till they finally beat them in a war of attrition, and America provided a lot of the money and resources needed, especially in the war in the Pacific.
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    Also: giant, unsinkable aircraft carrier.
 
 
 
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