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What really happend on the East Anglian Coast line in Summer 1940 ?

by LeeJames

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21 February 2004

What really happened in Summer 1940 around the East Anglian Coast Line.

Why so many bodies washed ashore, why so many nurses called from local hospitals, why lots of military convoys heading towards the coast.

Why has there been a block on public access for the Shingle Street file PRO Reference 207/1175 content "Evacuation of civil population from the village of Shingle Street in East Suffolk" 1939 - 1945.

Hi folks.

I have been past down a story from my father who over heard 2 stories when he was a child.

1st of all his mum told him that she recalled lots of nurses being called from Ipswich hospital and boarding military lorries towards the coast line of Felixstowe. News of a troopship that had left Ipswich docks had hit mines that were dropped from German bombers.

The 2nd story he heard is more sinister.
German landing craft attacked by flame barrages, (Sea of fire) after gallons of petrol and Oil from pipes across the beaches and sea.
Hundreds of bodies of burnt GERMAN soldiers washed ashore. This story has appeared on a BBC documentary claiming that the SOE had set this up as a propaganda stunt.

BUT.... After all these years and demand from local residents of Suffolk and articles in the East Anglian Daily Times, why have so many people come forward with knowledge of the events around Shingle Street.

Why has there been people from Germany and Belgium come forward claiming convoys of badly injured German troops loaded in to trains around the ports of Calais, Zeebrugge and Dunkirk.

Why was the Wife of the Mayor of Suffolk, when she was a girl stopped along with her father by MOD officials, when they were walking along Shingle Street Beach.

Why hasn't anybody done any soil analysis of the beaches, afterall Petrol and Oil can stay around in the ground for years. Why hasn't anybody surveyed the areas with Geophysical equipment, as it was claimed that the bodies were buried in the nearby fields. Afterall if there was a failed German Invasion, hard evidence would be the artifacts of German Tunic buttons, Jewellery, and also ammunition. links

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Message 1 - 2nd Story (more sinister)

Posted on: 22 February 2004 by geheimsender1

The second story, the one you describe as “more sinister” was reported by the BBC,
In which Philip Knightly an investigative journalist suggests that Sefton Delmer and his black propaganda unit were behind this story.

This origin of this BBC story may well be due to a broadcast Delmer made to Germany over the BBC sometime between July and August 1940, well before he was in charge of PWE black operations.

Delmer states as you will see on the Sefton Delmer web-site that setting the sea on fire was information that the deception services had planted on Admiral Canaris, Delmer states with regard to the information that “this was a lie, but went over so well that it is believed by Germans to this day”.

In conclusion the story of the British setting fire to the sea is either a myth, or it was something he was not privy to, either way he and his team were not involved as was suggested by Mr Knightly.

The suggestion by Mr Knightly can only be due to.

1. Insufficient investigation
2. Deliberate misinformation
Personally I cannot believe that such an esteemed investigative journalist such as Mr Knightly would be involved with misinformation.

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