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Author: Jenny Brien Date: May 13, 2008 18:50
On Mon, 12 May 2008 13:43:00 +0100, Jack Linthicum
> I bring up my posting of May 1 in the "About Sealion" thread. If a
> unit had been created and trained, ie the maximum forethought about
> England and its vulnerability, would it have made any difference,
> other than getting a lot of people killed in June 1940 that died
> later? By May 25th the Germans would have known the British were
> trapped in Dunkirque.
> "From Warlimont's diaries there was no throught about invading England
> until near the end of the Dunkirque operation. The Kreigsmarine was
> planning in November 1939 but without any connection to anyone else.
> On June 25, 1940 section L had held meetings in a farmhouse at Rodert
> in which the idea of letting France be bypassed and a direct invasion
> following the defeated British across the channel. It was raised and
> A phantom WI, ie one that would never have happened, would require a
> belief that the German armies would be as successful as they were in
> 1940, something Warlimont even Hitler didn't believe. A designated
> unit with transport sufficient to get into an English port and secure
> an area with port facilities and a landing field would have had a
> better chance than all of the stuff planned for Sealion later."
Sealion was only considered because France fell quickly and cheaply,
giving hope that Britain would too. To put together an operation in time
for Dunkirk, that would have had to have been the expectation from the
start. The plan would be to plunder Britain and France in revenge for
Versailles before heading East, presumably using all those captured
warships to dominate the Black Sea and the Baltic.*
It would be very hard to hide all the preparations. I would expect that
Czechslovakia rather than Poland would be the causus belli.
* I never said it would work!