I spent several hours last night watching a documentary entitled "Hitler's Britain" which depicts a "what if" based on the strategy war notes if the Germans, and also some factual programs explaining the unoppsed (nothing could have stopped it) occupation of a couple southern villages. The Germans had a strategy of charming the populous over (initially to have least resistance), and purchased goods as anyone else would have. The narrator went on to comment that stock would soon run very short and eventually out. The Germans were ruthless from the outset in Poland, more charming in France.
WWII was not covered heavily when I was in grammar and high school in the 70s and 80s, and I learned quite a lot from these documentaries. I had not realized just how quickly the Nazis had moved, and very unprepared Europe was to handle the onslaught, as would be the US. So much good luck gave the Allies precious time, from bad weather to a lucky depth charge drop in US waters, to gain the upper hand.
The RAF held out barely long enough; a surrender had been broadcast, but thanks to the RAF keeping presence enough to disrupt the Nazi's air space dominance, and risky waters of the channel, the surrender to begin at midnight never took effect. The Germans couldn't safely cross with their war machines due to very choppy water, and instead diverted their efforts to the Americas.
The Enigma code was cracked by a Brit, and this was huge! Supply ships could intercept German plans. The Germans caught on the code gad been deciphered, and adapted, but the Allies captured another vessel and was able to again crack the Enigma code. The US was able to advance their planes to be able to fly into the dead zone, and the milk cows of gas and torpedo supplies to German U boats was negated.
Had the Royal Air Force not held that one last day, and the weather had not turned stormy, this world would indeed be so very different. Enigma likely would not have been decoded in time, and that was a huge factor.
The British had about 3500-5000 secret auxiliary forces, comprised of select citizens across Britain, whose purpose would have been to slow, by distraction and nuisances, the occupying forces. They were told they could expect to live for about 2 weeks once they 'activated'. It had to be terrifying.
In the occupied villages, Bobbies acted as chauffers/drivers and generally were told by the Nazis that by keeping the people calm and unopposing, that they were helping to protect their citizens. Resistance was punishable by immediate death.
In the known strategy guides for Germany's domination of the British people, controlling the police force was critical, and the occupied village proved just how simply that could be done.
It was a really interesting night of YouTube watching! It really hit home for me just how close the Axis came toward their goal.
Despite Ambassador Kennedy's blunt and urgent reports that Britain was in no way prepared, and would be overtaken, it amazes me how very unresponsive the US was (until we got attacked, of course). I have a new appreciation for united international fronts against such world domination attempts, now, as well.
Well, that was quite the ramble! Sorry! If you didn't make it this far, I don't blame ya! #coffeeshopramblings