If Hitler had invaded the UK, would D-Day have been a useless gesture by the allies? ?
- LudwigLv 71 month ago
It would have destroyed his forces in the West. The one single military operation that is almost always guaranteed to end in disaster unless you are very lucky is:
AN OPPOSED AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT. (Gallipoli, Dieppe, and all the others). Hitler wanted to invade the UK in September 1940 but was advised that the Luftwaffe could not provide air superiority. Without that, there was no way to avoid catastrophe.
- Anonymous1 month ago
Edit with the Truth
1 Sept 1939 Hitler invaded Poland.
16 October 1939 Hitler Bombed Civilians
First Blood WW2 By the Germans WW2 declared
The Battle of the River Forth was an air battle on 16 October 1939 between Supermarine Spitfires from No. 602 and No. 603 Squadrons of the Royal Air Force and Junkers Ju 88 bombers of 1. Gruppe Kampfgeschwader 30.
It resulted when twelve Ju 88s attacked Rosyth naval base at the Firth of Forth. The raid was the first German air raid on Britain during World War II.
When Britain declared war on Germany on 3 September 1939, some feared Germany would immediately embark on a devastating aerial bombing campaign against British cities. Adolf Hitler still hoped an all out war with Britain might be avoided if a compromise could be reached.
Britain, however, showed no inclination to compromise, and it was decided bombing should commence. Hitler remained anxious the attacks should not antagonise the British too much and so the ‘rules of engagement’ were designed to avoid civilian casualties.
In its past, threats to Britain were always perceived as coming from the east, and for many years there had been major Royal Navy bases sited to allow its warships access to the North Sea, including Rosyth, on the northern shore of the Firth of Forth.
These were the first shots fired in the air war over Britain. Killing sixteen Royal Navy sailors and injured 44 more. and 4 civilians
Over the course of the rest of the morning, Spitfires from 602 Squadron continued to be scrambled to try, unsuccessfully, to intercept unknown intruders, to no effect. By lunchtime, all aircraft were back on the ground with one of 602's sections at Coastal Command station Leuchars, just north of St Andrews. It had been vectored as far north as Peterhead and being low on fuel, decided to land there to refuel and have lunch.
Unknown to the RAF, the German aircraft had radioed information about the weather conditions over the Forth and, crucially, the ships they had observed (which they believed included the battlecruiser Hood). At Westerland, 12 bombers waited to learn whether conditions would allow them to mount an attack, the first on the British homeland.
If the UK had been Invaded they're would have been no D Day the Invasion consisted of 1000 Big Ships 800 British and 200 American
and the Nazis would have had all the Fuel they needed By taking Iran from the British after the Invasion and his generals would have Built spitfires and Hurricanes in the UK for the Luftwaffe
the U boats would have sunk any Flotilla from the USA in Mid Atlantic
- KillmousekyLv 71 month ago
Had the U.K. been successfully invaded (likely before the Axis attacked the U.S.S.R.), the U.S. may never have entered the war in Europe. The U.K. would have retreated to Canada & its Caribbean & Mediterranean holdings. It likely wouldn't have been able to mount any meaningful offensive land operations for some time. There'd have bee very little the R.A.F. could, being mostly out of range. Despite Churchill's boastful bravado, would the war have even continued? That would present an almost Trumpian situation, wouldn't it? At some point you just have to admit that you lost.
The U.S. & U.K. could have obliterated Japan in relatively short order, given the overwhelming naval & air superiority they could bring to bear. Then, who knows?
Had the Axis gone on to attack the U.S.S.R., it would have probably lost absent the vast material aid it had from the U.K. before the U.S. "Lend-Lease" began.
Of course, you 1st have to answer how Germany could have successfully invaded the U.K, given the vast U.K. naval superiority & R.A.F. that was at least able to keep the Luftwaffe at bay.
There are too many unknowns in your question. Would Germany have been able to absorb the French navy? Would the U.K. even be able to hold on in N. Africa? Would Franco have allowed "Unternehmen Felix" to attack & seize Gibraltar? Etc.
- TinaLv 72 months ago
No Dave, (1465), you're telling lies again. If Hitler did agree with Roosevelt to combine his bombing to military targets he broke his word when he invaded Poland as he did on so many other occasions - remember? on the first day he bombed four civilian targets with no air defences, and when his planes hit a hospital they strafed the patients and staff as they fled the burning building. They also strafed columns of civilian refugees and smashed Warsaw to beat the Poles into surrender. Thus it was that Germany drew first civilian blood - well they'd already had a bit of practice backing Franco and terror bombing Guernica
And "had he wanted to destroy them" should read "had he not lost the Battle of Britain" he would probably not have succeeded in invading Britain either.
Don't you realise how stupid your claim that 'Hitler never wanted to attack anybody' is in view of his attacks on most of Europe? and the fact that from 1933 instead of building a successful economy for Germany he spent all the money he didn't have on his war machine?
As for you, Anonymous, do you see that you have asked a very silly question? if Britain had fallen to Germany, how in heaven's name could the D Day counter invasion have been launched from Britain?
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- xyzzyLv 72 months ago
If The Germans could have pulled off Operation Sea Lion then there would have been no Operation Overlord. Operation Sea Lion (The invasion of Britain) was to have taken place in 1940, after the fall of France, while Germany and the USSR were allies and before the US entered the war.
- Anonymous2 months ago
"Technically, Hitler DID invade the UK. Had he wanted to destroy them (the way Churchill wanted to destroy Germany), the war would have been over in a matter of hours."
Oooh the fanboy is getting all frothy again. Expect s/he can't wait for tomorrow when Trump disappears forever.
- robert2020Lv 62 months ago
D--day couldn't have been launched from England, had it been invaded. They would have probably gone through Yugoslavia. Or maybe continue through Italy. Since that was already a land base.
- ?Lv 62 months ago
Technically, Hitler DID invade the UK. Had he wanted to destroy them (the way Churchill wanted to destroy Germany), the war would have been over in a matter of hours.
The fact is, Hitler never wanted to attack Britain or anywhere else. The bombing of London was in retaliation for Britain's attack on Berlin.
At the onset of the war in 1939, Roosevelt issued a request to the major belligerents to confine their air raids to military targets - all agreed, including Hitler.
On May 10, 1940, however, Churchill was named Prime Minister and he had no intention of honoring the agreement. It wasn't until he began the attack on Berlin that Hitler responded with an attack on London.
Thus, it was Britain that drew first blood and it was against civilians.
- Anonymous2 months ago
D-Day would have had to be launched from North Africa, if it happened at all. The likely scenario is that the Soviets would have eventually won from the East.
- geraldLv 72 months ago
There couldnt have been a D Day , the USA was 2 years in Britain training for it thats why there were many American war babies in the UK The US couldnt have used Britain as a base and the Atlantic was a step too far well three or four actually