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How Hitler plotted a five-pronged invasion of Britain: Top secret dossier reveals how Nazis planned to land 100,000 troops, 650 tanks and 4,500 horses on the English coast

  • Hitler planned to land troops at five strategic points from Kent to West Sussex 
  • Once Nazis had a stronghold, he would deploy 500,000 more to fight inland 
  • Diversionary attack was also planned between Aberdeen and Newcastle 

By Sebastian Murphy-bates For Mailonline

Published: 07:06 EST, 9 January 2019 | Updated: 07:20 EST, 9 January 2019

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Chilling top-secret Nazi documents have revealed precisely how Hitler planned to conquer Britain.  

The German naval archive documents were seized by UK forces after the war outlining the dictator's invasion plans.

Operation Sea Lion was planned for September 1940, when Hitler hoped to land 100,000 troops at five points on the English coast between Ramsgate, Kent, and Selsey Bill, West Sussex. 

The first wave of the 'exceptionally bold and daring attack' would also feature 650 tanks and 4,500 horses.  

He would then deploy another 500,000 soldiers to fight inland once the Nazis had a foothold. 

Hitler planned to swoop into the UK through the south-east coast after dropping 100,000 troops at five points between Kent and West Sussex 
Hitler planned to swoop into the UK through the south-east coast after dropping 100,000 troops at five points between Kent and West Sussex 

Hitler planned to swoop into the UK through the south-east coast after dropping 100,000 troops at five points between Kent and West Sussex 

The chilling plans (pictured) uncover how Hitler hoped to occupy a huge portion of the south-east, dominating from the Thames to Southampton as they moved inland 
The chilling plans (pictured) uncover how Hitler hoped to occupy a huge portion of the south-east, dominating from the Thames to Southampton as they moved inland 

The chilling plans (pictured) uncover how Hitler hoped to occupy a huge portion of the south-east, dominating from the Thames to Southampton as they moved inland 

Plans reveal how the Nazi dictator would dominate the south-east of England before moving up across the UK had he won the Battle of Britain 
Plans reveal how the Nazi dictator would dominate the south-east of England before moving up across the UK had he won the Battle of Britain 

Plans reveal how the Nazi dictator would dominate the south-east of England before moving up across the UK had he won the Battle of Britain 

The Germans were confident that such an onslaught would have led to the 'rapid abandonment' of the British defences south of London.

Their first operational objective was to occupy a huge swath of south east England - from the mouth of the River Thames down to Southampton - 14 days after the invasion.

Brighton was earmarked to be the main landing area for transport ships bringing in more troops, armour and supplies during the occupation.

The top-secret documents offer a disturbing vision of Hitler's hopes for domination
The top-secret documents offer a disturbing vision of Hitler's hopes for domination

The top-secret documents offer a disturbing vision of Hitler's hopes for domination

And just like the Allied invasion of Normandy, the Germans would have attempted to fool the British into believing the main landings were to take place elsewhere.

A diversionary attack was planned between Aberdeen and Newcastle on the North East coast. Hitler believed Operation Sea Lion would have led to a 'rapid conclusion' of the war.

But crucially the invasion was entirely dependent on the Luftwaffe gaining air superiority over the British by the middle of September.

The RAF won the Battle of Britain between July and October 1940, scuppering Operation Sea Lion.

Copies of the hard bound book 'German Plans for the Invasion of England in 1940' were only given in limited number to senior officials in the British intelligence community in 1947.

Now an extremely rare copy has emerged for sale for £5,000 with auctioneers Henry Aldridge and Son of Devizes, Wilts, having been owned by a collector of military for many years.

Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said: 'This is a fascinating account that was compiled just after the war by the Admiralty and was based on documents taken from German naval archives.

'This is the "what if" scenario and chronicles in great detail the events that ultimately proved to be the cancellation of the invasion of England.

'The account varies from exaggerated hopes of German victory to pessimistic forecasts.

'Operation Sea Lion was postponed until January 1941, again in May 1941 and then shelved indefinitely.

'These books were only given to a select group of people such as the First Sea Lord and the Lord of the Admiralty at the time.'

The documents show how Hitler believed that dominating Britain through Operation Sea Lion would bring a swift end to World War Two
The documents show how Hitler believed that dominating Britain through Operation Sea Lion would bring a swift end to World War Two
The documents show how Hitler believed that dominating Britain through Operation Sea Lion would bring a swift end to World War Two
The documents show how Hitler believed that dominating Britain through Operation Sea Lion would bring a swift end to World War Two

The documents above show how Hitler believed that dominating Britain through Operation Sea Lion would bring a swift end to World War Two 

The German archives identified the ports of Le Havre, Cherbourg, Boulogne and Ostend from where they would have launched their invasion and 'powerful artillery' directed at mainland Britain would have been launched from ships in the Dover Straits.

The coastal sectors the first wave of 100,000 German troops would have invaded were between Ramsgate to Deal, a 14-mile stretch from Folkestone to Dungeness, an 11 mile stretch from Dungeness to Rye, an 11-mile stretch between Bexhill and Beach Head and then a 21-mile stretch from Brighton to Selsey Bill.

The town off Hastings and the Isle of Wight were ruled out as they were heavily fortified.

The Germans put the British defences at 320,000 men, with machine gun nests positioned 300 yards from the coastline, artillery guns 1,000 yards inland and another line of artillery and machine gun nests 3,000 yards back.

A line of over 600 armoured cars and tanks were said to have been positioned two miles inland and a reserve of 50,000 men a further two miles back. The 48-page book is being sold on Saturday.

What were Hitler's plans for UK?

If the Nazis had won the war, one of the dictator's first priorities was the arrest of those who made his Black Book.

Compiled by Walter zu Christian, the 'Special Wanted List' included obvious figures such as Winston Churchill and Anthony Eden.

But others listed for probable liquidation included Noel Coward, Virginia Woolf and E.M. Forster. 

His death squads - Einsatzgruppen - would round up anybody deemed to be a subversive, including Jews and intellectuals. 

He also wanted to make Oxford the new capital, reducing London's status to a Nazi base.

His plans for London didn't end there - he wanted to rob it of Nelson's Column and transplant it in Berlin. 

Other strongholds were planned for Birmingham, Newcastle, Dublin, Liverpool and Glasgow.

Hitler's vision for the UK also included transforming Blackpool, Lancashire, into a resort in which his troops could unwind. 

The plans explain why a town that built hundreds of Wellington Bombers remained largely untouched in the Blitz.

The leader wanted to snatch Blenheim Palace as his own home. His nemesis  Winston Churchill had lived there as a boy.

He also wanted to depose George VI in favour of Edward VIII, who had visited him before the war's outbreak. 

  

 

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