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German attempt to invade England 1942

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Ernest Brooks BEM
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09 September 2005

Reunion Dinner of the 4 Commando Brigade and 47 & 48 Royal Marines (Ernest Brooks 2nd from left).

This story was submitted to the People's War site by the CSV Action Desk at BBC Gloucestershire on behalf of Ernest Brooks BEM, with his permission. The author fully understands the site's terms and conditions. It was told to Tim Entwisle at Tewkesbury, on 18 May 2005.

In August 1942 I was on a naval patrol boat south of the Isle of Wight when the Germans tried to invade. Two of us from the 4 Commando were on patrol with a navy launch. We were carrying an anti-tank gun as extra fire power.

We were at the top end of the needles, on the Southampton side, when the whole sea erupted in flame.

It is thought that a thousand German troops had arrived south of the Isle of Wight. This is based on the number of German boats that had left Dieppe Harbour that morning. Air photographs taken at 12.15pm on the 9th August showed that Dieppe harbour was full of boats. Air photographs the next day showed they had gone.

We went on a cheeky trip (a reconnaissance trip) after the raid and there were only half a dozen boats left. These were large rowing boats that would take about fifty men. These were their landing craft.

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Message 1 - Re: German attempt to invade England 1942

Posted on: 09 September 2005 by Peter - WW2 Site Helper

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With all respect, there was no attempt by Germany to invade Britain in 1942, either in August or any other month. Any German invasion depended on gaining air superiority, and the Battle of Britain put paid to that.

In 1942 the bulk of the German army and front line air force was heavily engaged in Russia, particularly in the Don basin with Army Group B reaching Stalingrad where bitter fighting was taking place.

In 1942 only second-class troops were in France as occupation troops, with the Western Wall being strengthened to prevent an Allied invasion. The one thing that Hitler wanted to avoid at all costs was a war on two fronts.

Setting the sea alight to prevent a German invasion is a myth that has endured. The story of an attempted invasion in 1942 is also told here A4213117 (but at a different location) - see my remarks on that story here F2147464?thread=659316


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