Design for Aggression: The inside Story of Hitler's War Plans

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III
OPERATION SEA-LION

The planned invasion of Britain

"Our aim will always be to force Britain to her knees."

Thus Hitler in his secret speech to his commanders-in-chief on May 23, 1939, three months before the outbreak of war.

How was it going to be done?

"A country cannot be brought to defeat by an Air Force," Hitler said in the same speech. "It is impossible to attack all objectives simultaneously, and the lapse of time of a few minutes would evoke defensive counter-measures."

Nevertheless, Hitler's strategy to "force Britain to her knees" begins with a bombing plan.


Bombs on England

On August 25, 1938, when preparations for a German invasion of Czechoslovakia were going ahead at full speed and the Munich Conference was still five weeks away, the general staff of the German Air Force issued to all commanders a top-secret directive on the subject "Extended Case Green." Case Green was the code name for the invasion of Czechoslovakia, and its "extension," which at one time had the separate code name "Case Red," signified simultaneous war in the west as a result of France, with active military assistance from Britain, opening hostilities against Germany in fulfillment of her treaty obliga-

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