redcoat wrote:After the ease which Germany had defeated Poland, Norway and then France, the British tended to over-estimate the capabilities of the German forces, so they tended to take the view that the Germans could land anywhere suitable. So defenses were built everywhere, they even built some pill boxes in the town where I live in NW England, 60 miles from the sea, as protection from a paratroop attack !!!!!!
antwony wrote:From what I understand (sorry, but I can't remember where I read this), British Intelligence determined that the Germans didn't have the capability to mount a serious invasion over the channel. Therefore, they came to the conclusion that any "German Invasion Fleet" (which in actuality didn't exist) must be in the Baltic somewhere and would probably land on the east coast. Thought they were more concerned with Norfolk, but seems they hadn't ruled out Scotland.
Here is the core of it. The Brit leaders in 1940> were: A. Unsure of the actual German capabilities. B. Planing for the worst case. The construction of the defenses dont tell us anything about the reality of German capabilities, but instead they inform us about the PoV of the Brits.