Couple more 'facts' to throw into the mix.
Firstly, American big business had a major hand in changing a bankrupt Germany in the early 1920's into the rabid, thriving war machine of the late
1930's- particularly good'ol Prescott Bush of that distinguished family later to give us two US presidents.
Union Banking Company, Standard Oil and Rockefeller's Chase Bank as well as U.S. automobile manufacturers all had a hand in helping the Nazis
"In October 1942, the U.S. authorities confiscated Nazi bank funds from the New York UBC, whose then president was Prescott Bush. The firm was
condemned as a financial and commercial collaborator with the enemy and all its assets were seized.
Later, the U.S. government also ordered the seizure of the assets of a further two leading financial agencies directed by Prescott through the
accounts of the Harriman banking institution: the Holland-America Trading Corporation (a U.S.-Dutch commercial firm) and the Seamless Steel Equipment
Secondly, by far
the greatest amount of German military casualties happened fighting on the Eastern front. Also, the nations who suffered, by
far, the greatest military casualties in WWII were Soviet:
"The German military suffered around 2,800,000 killed. Of these around 2,000,000 died on the Eastern Front, 300,000 died on other fronts, and 500,000
died in captivity. The Soviet Union suffered 14,500,000 killed total. Of these 3,330,000 died in captivity."
Amazing achievements as the likes of D-Day, the Allied drive through Europe in the West, the air battles over Europe and the North Africa/Sicily/Italy
campaigns were, their physical size was much smaller when compared to the industrial scale slaughter of the charnel houses of
Barbarossa/Stalingrad/Kursk etc etc. In fact, it can be argued that the biggest contribution made by the US and UK forces was in the air campaigns
over the Reich, destroying industry, paralysing commercial transport and tying up thousand of servicemen in the defence of their airspace (pilots,
groundcrew, AAA crew etc).
Thirdly, according to lists held by the RAF, alongside 2,353 British pilots, 574 pilots from other nations were active during the battle- 11 American
pilots qualified for the 1939-1945 Star with Battle of Britain clasp, meaning they flew combat during the Battle of Britain (10 July – 31 October
1940- 3 months 3 weeks)
This by no means undermines the bravery shown by both British and American forces, without whose selfless sacrifices, the world would have been a much
darker place today. Just worth remembering when going with the 'Hollywood' version of WWII.
On the topic of the thread, I can well believe there were attempts to use occult forces by the British- the German interest in the occult is well
documented, and the Allied war effort was leaving no stone unturned in order to achieve an edge. Im sure I read somewhere that Admiral Doenitz
believed that something 'unusual' was enabling Royal Navy vessels to track his U-boats so successfully (although really, it was just the breaking of
the Enigma codes and the advent of ASV radar). There were certainly points in the war where Hitler and other top Nazis behaved completely out of
character (like halting the armoured drive just before Dunkirk for a crucial few hours) and it wouldnt be the most bizarre thing attempted by the
British forces- ever seen the concrete 'audio amplifiers' on the East coast, or the enourmous catherine wheel type obstacle destroyers they
I dont believe it had any big effect on the air 'Battle of Britain' campaign- that was purely down to the Luftwaffe having to cross the channel with
fighters with very short effective range, the change in tactics to attack London instead of the South Eastern RAF bases, and Goerings failure to grasp
the importance of GCI radar. And 'Sea Lion' required full air superiority in order to have the slightest chance of success (even with air
superiority, its been proven to have been highly unlikely to succeed).
Either way, I would not be at all suprised if the British war office had, at the very least, looked into it.