Nazi plan to wear British uniforms to invade

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The Germans planned to invade Britain in 1940 by dressing up in British uniforms and making use of two stairways cut in the cliffs at Dover to creep along the beach, MI5 files disclose.

The invasion plans are revealed in a report by a member of a German intelligence unit called Sonderstab (Special Force) Hollmann.

It was led by Wilhelm Hollmann, described as 45 years old “but looks at least 50…a trifle stooped” with a “gold right incisor” tooth and “very little hair.”

“What hair he has is clear blond,” a US intelligence report added. “Has long arms, very thin legs, blue eyes.”

Hollmann had begun as a former secretary to the Jahnke Buro, a freelance intelligence unit run during the 1930s by Kurt Jahnke for Rudolph Hess.

According to the report, members of the Hollmann group spent March 1940 training on embarking and disembarking from barges that had been constructed on the rivers and canals of Germany and the Low Countries and then towed down the Channel coast and concentrated on the beaches opposite Dover.

The informant says that landings were planned along the English coast and in Scotland and Southern Ireland but the attack would be centred around Dover.

The invasion would begin with a “heavy aerial attack” followed by “specially trained shock troops” who were to “attempt to make landings with a view to seizing and holding strategic positions until the main body of German troops could be brought across the channel in barges.”

The informant, Werner Janowski, said his unit was to arrive under cover of darkness, wearing Allied uniforms, as others had during the invasions of France and the Low Countries....

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