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Hitler and the Invasion of Ireland

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I picked up an answer to the ‘Invasion of Ireland plans’ . You might find of interest – I do as I’d completely left the U.S. out of the equation. I reckon the Yanks would Never have allowed an invasion of Ireland and of course Dev would have welcomed THEM with open arms

Interesting answer though because most forget (thanks to the movies) that 80% of the German army was not mechanised. Plus the argument is strong about a seaborne invasion of Ireland. – Subsequent invasions were nearly always airborne – paratroopers, gliders and sea-landing craft were used – a far cry from the ‘lighters and tugs’ landings envisioned in the WWl as told (to huge effect) in Erskin Childers “The Riddle of the Sands” a hugely prescient book that “shook the admiralty -to the core” Churchill.

What if Hitler had invaded?
Madam, – There was no possibility that Hitler could invade England, let alone Ireland, and succeed (Tom Clonan, Opinion, June 28th). This is a myth that seems to survive, even to this day. Whether the failure of the Germans to destroy the RAF made a pivotal difference is questionable. (Don’t forget, the navy was also still a power to be reckoned with.) Churchill knew the truth but allowed the English people to believe that an invasion was imminent. This would keep them “on their toes”. The perceived danger also kept massive aid flowing from the United States.

Few of the barges to be used in the invasions were motorised. They would have had to be towed, and it’s unlikely they would have survived in rough seas. (It is said that even a fast warship sailing beside the barges would swamp them!) The greater part of the German army was horse-drawn. How would you get horses to England or Ireland? Also, the German army and navy did not have the capability to provide the logistics for an invading and occupying force. How would it supply oil, food (for the army and civilians alike) and all the other materials needed to support an invasion and occupation?

Had an invasion started, and appeared that it might succeed, no doubt Ireland would have been occupied by the United States (President Roosevelt wouldn’t have hesitated to do this, if he could), using Ireland as a platform for defending England. – Yours, etc,

Oakcrest Drive,
Massachusetts, US.


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Fiddle teacher - mostly Irish trad. Fiddle, mandolin and concertina. Eco-warrior, won E.U. Green Flower Award for Eco Accommodation. Also Irish (Gold) GHA. Green Hospitality Award. Mad keen on self-build - especially straw-bale and cob. 55 with a full head of (slightly) graying hair. No tattoos or piercings. Fond of animals - but legally so. Fond of food - I eat nothing else. Vegetarian by choice, Irish by the grace of birth, Munster by force of (rugby) arms.

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  1. It is estimated that the Germans would have to transport 50,000 horses to England, as part of their army. Pretty tough to do using barges. Also, most German units were not “mobile” in the real sense. Many soldirs wwer issued bycycles and then called “mobile”! Most units had only one or two trucks for transportation. The infantry had to walk (or ride bycycles). Visions of tank corps in Africa or the blitzkriegs in France and Poland give a false image of an army that was mostly horse[drawn, on bycycles, or walking.


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