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  • Originally posted by Full Monty View Post
    Quite possibly. But even without non-servicemen and women 'doing their bit' the Germans face serious logistical challenges in the aftermath of a landing. The Kriegsmarine insisted that they could not supply the landing force as initially intended forcing its reduction. That was without the prospect of Royal Navy intervention incidentally. The primary reason for requiring air superiority over the Channel was not to ensure that the first-day forces landed safely but to secure the supply routes. From the British perspective any destroyers not immediately available to counter the invasion force would be deployed against the follow-up forces and supplies. The simulations I'm aware of all come to the same conclusion, namely that the Germans could probably land a substantial force on the South Coast but would be unable to keep them supplied. No matter how highly regarded a modern fighting force is, without ammunition for its guns and/or fuel for its vehicles it can't hope to stand up to a properly equipped and supplied enemy.
    A relentless, vengeful enemy posessing superior internal lines of communication, using an unmatched, modern road and rail network, to insure that an unbroken line of supplies, armaments and manpower would continue to flood into the contested invasion areas in the coming days, in ever growing numbers. The Germans never stood a ghost of a chance.
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    • Originally posted by johnbryan View Post
      A relentless, vengeful enemy posessing superior internal lines of communication, using an unmatched, modern road and rail network, to insure that an unbroken line of supplies, armaments and manpower would continue to flood into the contested invasion areas in the coming days, in ever growing numbers. The Germans never stood a ghost of a chance.
      I'd rather look at what we know rather than what might have been, but each to their own. I'd argue that the British/Commonwealth forces only had to hold fast to ensure German defeat because it's too easy for the RN and RAF to interdict supplies, whether in transit or unloading. As in the USSR in 1941 and North Africa in 1942 it's logistics that would stymie the Germans. They tried to do too much with too little and when things didn't go according to plan there were no alternatives.
      Signing out.

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      • Originally posted by Full Monty View Post
        I'd rather look at what we know rather than what might have been, but each to their own. I'd argue that the British/Commonwealth forces only had to hold fast to ensure German defeat because it's too easy for the RN and RAF to interdict supplies, whether in transit or unloading.

        What we know is that the British Army plan was rapid counter-attack. Just like the mobile forces had been practising all summer.

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        • Originally posted by Gooner View Post
          What we know is that the British Army plan was rapid counter-attack. Just like the mobile forces had been practising all summer.
          There were no mobile forces to practice in the summer '40.....
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          River Wide, Ocean Deep - Operation Sealion - https://www.amazon.com/product-revie...owViewpoints=1

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          • Originally posted by leandros View Post
            There were no mobile forces to practice in the summer '40.....
            Do you want to expand on that very stupid statement?

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            • Originally posted by Gooner View Post
              Do you want to expand on that very stupid statement?
              I'd rather ask how you define mobile forces....
              Saving MacArthur - a book series - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...ies_rw_dp_labf
              River Wide, Ocean Deep - Operation Sealion - https://www.amazon.com/product-revie...owViewpoints=1

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              • Originally posted by leandros View Post
                I'd rather ask how you define mobile forces....
                Do you not know?

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                • Originally posted by Gooner View Post
                  Do you not know?
                  No, I do not know how you define it........
                  Saving MacArthur - a book series - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...ies_rw_dp_labf
                  River Wide, Ocean Deep - Operation Sealion - https://www.amazon.com/product-revie...owViewpoints=1

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                  • Originally posted by leandros View Post
                    No, I do not know how you define it.......
                    The transport does not require a veterinarian.

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