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Sounds like an interesting read.

'Winston Churchill wanted a plan for Britain to invade the Soviet Union.

'In early 1945, America was focused on finishing off Germany and then taking down Japan. But Churchill's gaze beheld a darkness descending upon Europe. What would happen with a Red Army occupying its heart? Stalin had already reneged on earlier agreements that Poland—the reason that Britain had gone to war in 1939—would be free. Instead the Polish government was packed with Soviet supporters while Polish resistance fighters ended up in NKVD prisons. Romania, Hungary and Czechoslovakia were under Soviet control, and Greece and Turkey appeared under threat. After Germany's inevitable surrender, the huge U.S. force in Europe would move to the Pacific.

“The planners believed that if they could secure this line from Danzig to Breslau by autumn 1945, it might be enough to bring Stalin to heel,” writes author Jonathan Walker in his book Churchill's Third World War: British Plans to Attack the Soviet Empire, 1945.

'Even as the death camps were being liberated, Britain contemplated rebuilding a German army to fight the Russians. “One of the most contentious issues in the Unthinkable plan was the use of German forces within the Allied camp,” Walker writes. “It was anticipated that ten German divisions could be utilized for offensive operations, but because it would take time for them to be re-equipped from Allied sources, the units would not be ready for 1 July and would only become available in the autumn; that they should be used at all was likely to be highly controversial.” '


 
Read the article. No sources cited. Sounds like the author found a single-page memo, if that, and hyped it into a book. Load of old tripe.

Cheers,
Dan.
Not really. Initially planned for but realised that the west don’t have to the troops.

It was even considered arming the Wehrmacht.

 

Nato123

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Read the article. No sources cited. Sounds like the author found a single-page memo, if that, and hyped it into a book. Load of old tripe.

Cheers,
Dan.

Yep, any squaddie having a beer with his mates would have seen that re arming trained enemy POWs to fight a possible new enemy was a simple yet effective idea.
 
Read the article. No sources cited. Sounds like the author found a single-page memo, if that, and hyped it into a book. Load of old tripe.

Cheers,
Dan.
Yeah, I suspect that's because its free publicity for the (as cited) book.
 
Didn't Alanbrooke say his war was spent binning Churchill's daft ideas.
 
With the inevitability of dropping atomic bombs on Moscow and major industrial areas.
But only if FDR/Harry agreed, as the UK had no national capability at the time.
 

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