Admiral Canaris, influence on WW2? info
I’m surprised we haven’t spoke more about this remarkable individual. How much do you think his actions, or perhaps the lack of them, shortened or even affected the outcome of the war? Here is a short summary of his later career Admiral Canaris was appointed to head the Abwehr Military Intelligence in 1938. The spymaster had eyes and ears everywhere, and he had files full of damaging evidence against the leading Nazis, among them Heydrich and Himmler that made them afraid to cross him. Canaris intervened to save a number of victims of Nazi persecution, including hundreds of Jews. Canaris was directly involved in the 1938 and 1939 coup attempts on Hitler and helped the Allies while supervising all German espionage and counterespionage. He was eventually arrested, brutally treated and hanged a few weeks before the war ended. His actions
Whilst highly speculative, perhaps if he was loyal to his country and executed his duties diligently, his department may have
- hindered Hitler's attempts to absorb Czechoslovakia
- convinced Hitler gave up his plans to incorporate Switzerland into his New Europe.
- convinced Franco not to allow passage to the Germans for the purpose of capturing Gibraltar.
- revealed important German strategy and battle plans to the Allies from Hitler's impending western offensive against the Low countries and Hitler's plan to invade Britain.
- exaggerated British strength helping to dissuade Hitler from launching Sealion
- misled Hitler into believing that the Allies would not land at Anzio in 1943.
I suggest any one of these would have significantly prolonged the war and any two could have reversed it. http://www.canaris.dk/http://www.canaris.dk/new_page_3.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_Canaris http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=QPGC7PCwgRgC&pg=PA164&lpg=PA164&dq=admira l+canaris+sealion&source=web&ots=14xr4U3Que&sig=g6 xzSfVLoGHav_EWl6gWRwUo5-w&hl=en
- discovered that axis codes had been broken and took remedial action
- placed competent spies in foreign countries, particularly Britain where they could report on the pitiful state of the home defences in May 1940 and the size and location of the invasion force in June 1944.
- informed on the progress and details of secret weapons, in particular short wave radar and the Manhattan project
- informed of shipping timetables and routes
- assassinated Churchill or played on his impulsiveness.
- found out about the true extent of Soviet strength in 1941 and the presence and capabilities of their latest tanks.
- forecast the 1941 winter offensive movement
- identified the plan to cut off Stalingrad
- identified the main thrust of the Soviet offensive in June 1944
I'm all in favour of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters. Frank Lloyd Wright
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