Discussion in 'What If - European Theater - Western Front & Atlan' started by ColHessler, Feb 22, 2019.
Wow, that's ugly. But good for drama. Thank you.
Mention has been made of existing German lists but would they have required serious revision in this case? One of the things to consider was the complete failure of the German espionage network in Britain with the survivors being turned into double agents. Once this came to light wouldn't it call to question quite a few things?
A footnote in Macksey's book mentions that he corresponded with Mosley, who said he would not have played such a role. Of course this was long after the war, but Macksey at least was willing to accept Mosley's word.
The Germans' preferred model, at least in western Europe, seems to have been to keep the local authorities in place, as long as they followed directions, didn't make trouble, and allowed resources to be harnessed for the war effort.
Historically resistance movements in occupied Europe benefitted from having a nearby base of support in Britain. This would not be the case for an occupied Britain; it would be difficult to say the least for the government(s) in exile to support resistance activities from Canada or Iceland. If as Sheldrake hypothesized Scotland or Wales were left unoccupied, they would certainly avoid overt provocation. De Valera was determined to keep Eire independent and neutral. There would presumably still be a degree of pro-British feeling in these countries.
Maybe a Reichskomissariat? Talking of Macksey's book, I think it ended with Fuller preparing to meet with the "first German High Commissioner."
"In London, Major General J. F. C. Fuller looked bleakly around an unfamiliar office at Number 10 Downing Street and made ready to meet the first German Commissioner." Of course Macksey may not have known or concerned himself with the likely titles of German occupation authorities.