Raeder is presented with the study to invade England

Hansjürgen Reinicke, Raeder's operations officer, reports back five days after Raeder requests he initiate a study into invading England outlining the following prerequisites:

  • Eliminating or sealing off Royal Navy forces from the landing and approach areas.
  • Eliminating the Royal Air Force
  • Destroying all Royal Navy units in the coastal zone.
  • Preventing British submarine action against the landing fleet.

Two weeks later a seaborne assault "on a grand scale" across the North Sea "appears to be a possible expedient for forcing the enemy to sue for peace". The Heer, and later the Luftwaffe, were uncompromisingly sceptical and it wasn't passed to the OKW.

The study - titled Löwe or Study Red - is based on Hitler's Directive No. 6 which gives an objective of capturing sections of the Dutch, Belgian and French coast and Directive No. 9 which limits the Kriegsmarine to attacks on merchant targets. The report concludes that if the conditions could be set up the British would be so demoralised that an assault would not be necessary. A landing from the North Sea on the east coast of England is preferred, though less advantageous than capturing harbours. There is no mention of a unified command or timely provision of amphibious equipment.

Raeder records:

Up until now my main endeavour had been to convince Hitler and the armed forces command that this war on commerce should be carried out on to the maximum extent of Germany's war power and armament. Hence, any diversion of our already inadequate naval forces for some other objective would materially impair out naval campaign against the British enemy. Only if such a landing in England could be achieved without too much risk or too much difficulty - and that was highly improbable - should we deviate from our original plan.

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