Seems Hitler wasn't planning to crash at Del Boy's place...




 
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July 29th, 2012  
MontyB
 
 

Topic: Seems Hitler wasn't planning to crash at Del Boy's place...


Hitler's top secret scheme to set up his headquarters in sleepy Midlands market town if UK invasion had been successful

By Tara Brady

UPDATED: 16:23 GMT, 19 February 2012

A sleepy market town in the Midlands could have been home to Adolf Hitler if the German invasion of Britain had been successful.

Historians believe the dictator wanted to use Apley Hall, near Norton, in the heart of the Shropshire countryside as his headquarters which would have been the nerve-centre of his operation.

The Grade II* listed stately home, just seven miles from the tourist town of Bridgnorth, was once a retreat for rich guests wanting to escape the city.

But it could easily have played host to more a sinister resident if history had turned out differently.

Experts believe the Nazi tyrant was interested in the area because it was
geographically in the middle of England.

It was also away from the urbanised West Midlands and had a handy airbase nearby.

Richard Westwood-Brookes, who studies historical documents, said: 'As far-fetched as it may sound, the papers, which were marked 'top secret’, earmarked a place in the middle of nowhere where Hitler hoped to set up camp during his planned invasion.

'It was widely believed that Hitler’s invasion was timed for 1940 but that he
scrapped the idea after the RAF fended off the Luftwaffe over Kent.

'The fact that some of these documents date from 1941, a year after the Battle of Britain, clearly shows that Hitler never abandoned the plan.

'To go to so much trouble in researching Bridgnorth and the surrounding area indicated that the Nazis saw the town as of key importance for something.'

A bundle of 1940s papers recovered in a bunker in Belgium at the end of the war contained maps highlighting strategic sites for attack by the Germans, including railway stations, power plants and bridges.

An enormous amount of attention was focused on Bridgnorth.

With the papers were books about Shropshire and its stately homes.

The secret papers detailed lines of communication between Bridgnorth and other towns in the region, including Ludlow, where German spies had highlighted the railway station and two garages where vehicles could have been stored.

It is believed Apley Hall, now privately owned, would have acted as the nerve centre in Hitler's UK invasion operation.

The house, commissioned by Thomas Whitmore in 1811, was designed to look like a romantic castle overlooking the River Severn.

During the war it was owned by Major A. W. Foster, a decorated hero of both the Boer War and First World War who had lost a leg in battle.

The hall boasted not only opulent fittings and furniture but also games and billiard rooms.


Historic: Inside Apley Hall which Hitler wanted to make his headquarters
The crenulated Orangery was converted into a swimming pool, said to be the first private pool in the country.

But Bridgnorth pensioner Eve Fisher says many people in the town were aware of Hitler’s plan to take over the glorious mansion.

She said: 'There were very genuine concerns at the outbreak of war that the Germans would come here.

'There were all sorts of stories about how they were going to send in parachutists dressed as nuns, and all sorts of other tricks.

'You dread to think what might have happened if the Nazis had managed to invade.'

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Sorry Del but I couldn't resist.

July 29th, 2012  
BritinAfrica
 
 
The Germans never bombed Blackpool, because it was their intention to use it as an R&R destination. For those who have never been to Blackpool it's one of the worst resorts I have been to in my entire life, its horrendous. Any German's visiting there would have begged to go to the Russian Front rather then stay in Blackpool.
July 30th, 2012  
42RM
 
The "gay capital of the North"
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July 31st, 2012  
BritinAfrica
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by 42RM
The "gay capital of the North"
I am really getting worried about you mate, how on earth would you know that??????
July 31st, 2012  
I3BrigPvSk
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by BritinAfrica
I am really getting worried about you mate, how on earth would you know that??????
Remember the "Don't ask! Don't tell!" policy, Opa? In this case, don't ask
July 31st, 2012  
BritinAfrica
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by I3BrigPvSk
Remember the "Don't ask! Don't tell!" policy, Opa? In this case, don't ask
Well you know what they say about matelots and marines???
July 31st, 2012  
I3BrigPvSk
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by BritinAfrica
Well you know what they say about matelots and marines???
No, I'm sorry I don't. They all like Blackpool?
July 31st, 2012  
42RM
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by BritinAfrica
I am really getting worried about you mate, how on earth would you know that??????
Go on, give us a smacker and i'll tell.

Quote:
Originally Posted by I3BrigPvSk
Remember the "Don't ask! Don't tell!" policy, Opa? In this case, don't ask
You can ask sweety pie, in fact, you can ask me out anytime.




However, one thing does puzzle me regarding them in the forces....

How can you be expected to fight with a sore arse?


-sorry, couldnīt help it!!
July 31st, 2012  
I3BrigPvSk
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by 42RM
Go on, give us a smacker and i'll tell.

You can ask sweety pie, in fact, you can ask me out anytime.




However, one thing does puzzle me regarding them in the forces....

How can you be expected to fight with a sore arse?


-sorry, couldnīt help it!!
Thanks, but you must wait for a guy (or whatever) from Blackpool, I don't date Marines unless they have other attributes, I am sorry 42RM, it may hurt your feelings, but you will get over it.
July 31st, 2012  
Freyja
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by 42RM
Go on, give us a smacker and i'll tell.

You can ask sweety pie, in fact, you can ask me out anytime.




However, one thing does puzzle me regarding them in the forces....

How can you be expected to fight with a sore arse?


-sorry, couldnīt help it!!
You just canīt resist, can you now? Oddball
 


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