I have never hear anything so dammed preposterous in my life , See Lowe was only ever feasible in the addled brains of Hitler and his sycophants
The use of Rhine barges were the dumbest part of the sealion fiasco , flat bottomed and un powered they were unsea worthy , slow . and critically
there were never enough to land a force sufficient to do anything but die pointlessly .
and their conversion to troop carriers , and assembly at channel and north sea ports simply put them in the bombsights if RAF strikes and more
vitally , deprived German commerce of a vital logistics recourse .
nor did the Luftwaffe ever have enough transports for any meaningful airborne assault [ even ignoring the RAF defences and AAA , they simply could
not perform a heavy enough lift ]
The royal navy
The “ plans “ for sea lion never addressed the issue of how to prevent the RN turning their invasion fleet to fish food . Towed Rhine barges were
the worst possible “ solution “ to the problem of how to leap the channel . One proposed RN tactic was simply perform “ drive bys “ @ 30kt
with RN destroyers , Ramming , swamping and capsizing the hapless barges with their wash – aswell as running over the tow cables .
Any troops that did make it to shore – faced a boom of flaming petrol – and planned barrage of mustard gass pumped through pre placed pipes .
That’s before he encountered the British army
The Luftwaffe lacked armour piercing bombs , without which any credible attack on RN capital ships would have been futile
More critically they lacked any experience and training in anti ship bombing , or torpedo bombing .
Nor for that matter did they have strike aircraft suited to maritime attack available in anything like the numbers required .
air superiority/the RAF
Despite many reams written claiming that they were , The Luftwaffe was not “ close “ to defeating the RAF .
11 group was taking a hammering , but at the same time 12 and 13 groups were growing in strength . We [ British ] always had reserves in hand , and
should an invasion ACTUALLY have occurred – these would have been thrown forward .
Additionally , Aircraft production [ British ] was increasing at a faster rate than losses
The RAF – LOST 1065 aircraft during the BoB , compared to 1922 lost by the Luftwaffe . for the same period . In comparison RAF serviceable
strength rose , allbe it slightly – where as Luftwaffe numbers fell in all areas . [ measured from march 1940 to December 1940 ] . Luftflotte 2 & 3
had losses < 50% operational aircraft available
On only 5 days between July and October did RAF loses exceed those of the Luftwaffe
Lastly , bomber command was growing in strength daily – and performing search and destroy raids targeting suspected supply dumps , ports and barge
Also bomber command had plans in hand to attack both a seaborne invasion fleet , and the beachheads , should an invasion materialize
The Nazis spectacularly failed to infiltrate their trained agents destined for their spy rings based in England , But you want to believe that they
could hide 100 combat troops in a barn
What possesses people to conclude that infiltration in company strength would some how succeed ????
In allied experience , EVEN single agent , and small squad infiltration only worked in occupied countries : such as the Benelux countries , Norway ,
France , Czechoslovakia etc etc
Why?? , because the indigenous populations had significant pro active allied elements , and a bigger percentage would would simply turn a blind eye
to anti Nazi activity
Germany was a totalitarian state where enemy agents were unwelcome – and thus only a handful of CRITICAL missions were even attempted . most
notably the recce missions for the plots to assassinate Hitler .
Likewise , The UK – though still headed by a democratically elected government – has enacted such measures as the WAR POWERS ACT [ 1940 ] and
Most important , had a universally hostile population , German airmen and POWs who managed to abscond from their camps Found no aid or succor in
The useage of EVERY acre of land in the UK was subject to review by various bodies , most notably the ministry of production .
The UK was at war , an obvious point – but one which needs stating . Vigilance was the watch word , ARPs , home guard etc were expected to know
their area – and report ANYTHING out of the ordinary to the authorities . A barn capable of being used as a barracks for 100 could not be “
hidden in plain sight “ As for being painted bright red – ROFLMAO . we had black outs , ripped up road signs , to camouflage and deception
measures at every level to foil our enemies . And you want to posit that a network of bright red barns was just ignored ???
This reply to such a silly notion is getting far too wordy , so I will end here .
In conclusion :
Most teevee “ historical documentaries “ are pure sensationalist garbage
Read books : by - Foot , Chirchill , Keegan , Clarke, Hastings . to name but a few
I challenge anyone who cares to research it , to cite a credible reference for this “ red barns “ nonsense . any takes ?
APE OUT .