By Martin Gilbert
"The Allied landings in 1944 had all of the customers for catastrophe. Churchill notion he will be woken as much as be informed of huge casualties. Eisenhower ready a somber broadcast asserting that the firm had failed.
The specter of failure used to be continuously current. After a failed touchdown the Nazi regime may have regained the ascendant. New, terrifying bombs and rockets have been able to be introduced. Long-distance submarines have been within the ultimate degree of improvement. The final million Jews of Europe have been indexed for deportation and death.
Failure at Normandy can have given Hitler the opportunity of constant to rule western Europe, quite if the USA, bloodied and defeated in Normandy, had decided-after and a part years of targeting Europe-to flip all its energies to the ever-growing calls for of the Pacific, leaving Europe to its personal units. Had that occurred, I doubt if i'd were alive to write down this publication, or unfastened to specific my critiques with no worry of arrest."
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I still have the hope, the slight hope, that he will realise at the last minute the catastrophic consequences of his conduct, and that even tardily he will find his way to this battle front, where our victory will decide his own destiny. 4. Bulgaria. Bulgaria equally is reluctant to associate herself with the Tripartite Pact and to adopt a clear attitude in her international relations. The growing pressure exercised by Soviet Russia is the cause of this. If the King had adhered immediately to our pact, no one would have dared to put such pressure on him.
We will undertake not to take such action from Turkish airfields except by agreement with you. 59 The Grand Alliance 60 There is more to come. The attitude of Russia is uncertain, and it is our hope it may remain loyal and friendly. Nothing will more restrain Russia from aiding Germany, even indirectly, than the presence of powerful British bombing forces which could [from Turkey] attack the oilfields of Baku. Russia is dependent upon the supply from these oilfields for a very large part of her agriculture, and far-reaching famine would follow their destruction.
All this, I repeat, may fall upon us in February or in March, and all will be open to the Germans even without moving any large masses of troops from the moment when the Bulgarian airfields have been fitted to receive the German Air Force and are occupied by the advanced aircraft personnel and ground staff. Do we propose to sit still with folded hands and watch the steady preparation of this deadly stroke? It seems to me that we should be held gravely blameworthy by our respective nations if we were to fail in ordinary prudence and foresight.