Hitler had eye on UK mansion for headquarters

London, February 20
German dictator Adolf Hitler had plans to set up his headquarters in the English Midlands if the Nazi invasion of Britain had been successful during World War II, say historians.

According to them, Hitler had, in fact, chalked out the “top secret” plan to use Apley Hall, near Norton, in the heart of Shropshire countryside in the Midlands as the headquarters of his operation during the Second World War.

The house was then owned by one Major AW Foster, a decorated hero of both the Boer War and First World War, who had lost a leg in battle. The historians believe the Nazi tyrant was interested in the area, seven miles from the tourist town of Bridgnorth, as it was geographically in the middle of England and had a handy airbase nearby, the ‘Daily Mail’ reported.

Their conclusion came from a bundle of 1940s papers, recovered from a bunker in Belgium at the end of World War II, containing maps highlighting strategic sites for attack by the Germans, including railway stations, power plants and bridges in Bridgnorth and other towns in the Midlands.

"As far-fetched as it may sound, the papers, which were marked ‘top secret’, earmarked a place in the middle of nowhere where Hitler hoped to set up camp during his planned invasion.

"It was widely believed that Hitler’s invasion was timed for 1940 but that he scrapped the idea after the Royal Air Force fended off the Luftwaffe over Kent. The fact that some of these documents date from 1941, a year after the Battle of Britain, clearly shows that Hitler never abandoned the plan.

“To go to so much trouble in researching Bridgnorth and the surrounding area indicated that the Nazis saw the town as of key importance for something,” Richard Westwood-Brookes, one of the historians, said.

Had he not abandoned “operation Sea Lion” he would have conquered Britain in 1940. Instead he attack the Soviet Union first. well…

Hitler, hmm despite his reputation, there is strange eerie charm about him. I salute him for being the charismatic leader of his time.

Not easy to defeat the British bro, even though the brits had the worst looking military uniforms and “UFO” helmets but their Air superiority and Navy were amongst the best in the world. British navy lost to Japan is because those ships were outdated ones sent to protect the colonies.

German luftwaffe simply couldnt clear the skies for a german landing. Of course, if germany committed 80% of its assets in the west to capture Britain. Then, Joseph Stalin would just walk into the reich and that would be a catastrophic for Hitler. Actually, taking over Moscow is a lot easier than Britain due to logistic (have to cross france and then the English channel). Germany almost took Moscow only thing they were defeated by the cold Siberian winter thanks to Mussolini’s failed leadership that Hitler had to bail him out which postponed the eastern front operation which causes the german war machine caught in the deadly winter.

Not easy to defeat the British bro, even though the brits had the worst looking military uniforms and “UFO” helmets but their Air superiority and Navy were amongst the best in the world. British navy lost to Japan is because those ships were outdated ones sent to protect the colonies.

German luftwaffe simply couldnt clear the skies for a german landing. Of course, if germany committed 80% of its assets in the west to capture Britain. Then, Joseph Stalin would just walk into the reich and that would be a catastrophic for Hitler. Actually, taking over Moscow is a lot easier than Britain due to logistic (have to cross france and then the English channel). Germany almost took Moscow only thing they were defeated by the cold Siberian winter thanks to Mussolini’s failed leadership that Hitler had to bail him out which postponed the eastern front operation which causes the german war machine caught in the deadly winter.[/quote]

He was contemplating whether to attack from the sea or air but because of his arrogance and the Luftwaffe so called air superiority he opted to attack by air. which proved costly in the end. The british navy was pegged back by the Nazi U-boats so i dont think its navy was a match for the Nazis… Japanese navy was far more superior in the early years of the war… and yes Moscow was within touching distance for the Nazis if not for the deadly winter… up until the winter russia was easy meat for the Nazis… :mrgreen: