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The Weird Myth that Hitler’s Germany Prepared to Invade Britain

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It’s good that the UK Government has pardoned thousands of Army deserters who enlisted in the British armed forces during World War II. These include 7,000 British-born Irish volunteers. Of course, no army can allow desertion.

However, these men were not court-martialled but were subject to a blanket ban on state employment that deprived them of their constitutional right to due process.

The vast majority of them abandoned their uniforms and disappeared into civilian life from June 1941 onward. Why not? The theoretical possibility of a German invasion had all but vanished. The men who deserted did so after being effectively cheated into becoming soldier-serfs for a Britain unlikely to be invaded.

That was the second great lie of their young lives. The first one was that Ireland ever faced a serious threat of invasion by Germany, which was the spawn of an even vaster falsehood, that in 1940, Hitler wanted to invade Britain.

The twice-elected German Chancellor never contemplated invading the British Isles. Adolf Hitler actually admired the British Empire, with its inherent presumption of largely benign world order.

Wartime Britain

We know from the diaries of Lord Halifax, the British foreign minister, that Adolf Hitler offered peace terms that did not involve German control of Britain. The unelected half-American warlord Winston Churchill refused to allow these terms to be read to the cabinet. They remain prudently concealed under the 100-year rule.

Instead, Winston Churchill’s determination to keep Britain at war turned what had been merely a continental defeat of its army into the enduring myth that in 1940, Britain faced a war for national survival.

But the German naval leader, Admiral Erich Raeder had repeatedly forbidden his staff from planning an invasion of Britain. And far from wanting to continue the war, in June 1940, Adolf Hitler ordered 20pc of the Reich’s armies to be demobilised in order to get the German economy going again.

The ‘invasion fleet’ that the Reich began to assemble that summer was no more capable of invading Britain than it was of overrunning the South Sea Islands or Hawaii. It was war by illusion: its purpose was to get the British to the negotiating table.

This so-called invasion ‘fleet’ consisted of 1,900 canal barges, only one-third of which were powered, to be towed cross-channel, in clusters of three, by just 380 tugs. These barges had tiny keels, blunt prows and small rudders, with just two feet of freeboard: the distance between the water and the top of the hull.

These craft would have been swamped during a direct crossing of the English Channel, a shallow and violent waterway linking the raging North Sea and Atlantic. But an invasion would not be direct. The barges, with their untrained crews, would be able to make only about three knots, from the three imaginary ‘invasion’ centres: Rotterdam, Le Havre and Boulogne.

These ports are, respectively, from any English south-coast landing beaches, at best, 200 miles and 60 hours, 100 miles and 30 hours, and 50 miles and 15 hours, with seasick soldiers crammed into keel-less floundering barges without toilets or water. What army would be fit to fight after a journey like that? And then there are the 55,000 horses that the Wehrmacht would need: its transport was still not mechanised.

All being well, and that really is a relative term, the first wave would take 10 days to land, with the barges plying to and from those three distant ports, requiring tides that would have to obey the demands of the Fuehrer rather than the older ones of the sea, in convoy, often at night, and always without navigation lights.

Why no lights? Ah: the Royal Navy. This is where matters become quite phantasmagorical. In August 1940, the British Home Fleet alone consisted of 140 destroyers, 40 cruisers and frigates, five battleships and two aircraft carriers.

The entire German navy, the Kriegsmarine, consisted of just seven destroyers, one cruiser with unreliable engines, two working cruisers, no aircraft carriers, and no battleships or battlecruisers: the Bismarck and Tirpitz were still building, and the Gneisenau and Scharnhorst were damaged and out of action until the following winter.

What about the Luftwaffe? Well, it had no torpedo-carrying aircraft, whereas the British had two (the Beaufort and the Swordfish, both of which were later to show their mettle in disabling German capital ships), and air-bombing vigorously defended warships accurately over the open sea is incredibly difficult, even for dive-bombers. STUKAS bomb sights were calibrated for stationary targets.

All right, but were not British shores defenceless in 1940? No, aside from a largely intact British army, two fully-equipped Canadian divisions arrived that summer, as did 200,000 rifles from the United States.

This doesn’t diminish the validity of the allied cause, or the later decision of the nearly 7,000 Army deserters who enlisted in it. Nonetheless, just about everything that people believed about Hitler’s intentions towards Britain in 1940, and which they still believe today, was a myth created by a failed painter and serial military blunderer Winston Churchill, which he probably came to believe himself. Consider all the facts above, and then consider how that myth has endured, despite its quirkiness. As Friedrich Nietzsche surmised: ‘People don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.’ Michae Walsh, historian.

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