Hitler meets von Brauchitsch and Halder to discuss detailed invasion plans

Halder presents detailed plans for an assault by 39 divisions, about 500,000 men. The Heer are confident of success if the Kriegsmarine can give them the transports.

Hilter gives approval for further preparations on this basis and says he does not want to inflict a military defeat of Britain as this would bring about the end of her empire which would bring no benefit to Germany - only Japan and the US. Puzzled by the lack of peace proposals he thinks this is because they are putting their hope in Russia.

The earlier decision to reduce the strength of the army by 35 divisions is now scaled back to a reduction of 15 divisions.


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