Thsi is a very interesting read, and I recommend reading it all through very carefully, enjoy: http://www.lonesentry.com/articles/rundstedt/index.html
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syscom3 said:Yes, that was an inetresting read. Although I do disagree with him on how effective the Luftwaffe "could" have been..."If I had been able to move the troops, then my air force would also have been in a position to attack hostile ships." .......
He himself admits the Luftwaffe was outnumbered 10-1.
syscom3 said:He could have bottled up the invasion into a smaller beachhead for a bit, but eventually, the naval gunfire support and allied bombers would have pushed him out far enough for the allies to have a contiginous beachhead.
The Luftwaffe attacking the ships would have mixed results. They could sink a few ships but the attrition on them would be severe. The allies would have massed naval AA gun fire and an aerial armada of fighters to fend off the bombers.
Just the shear size of the invasion meant the Germans would have to sink hundreds of ships just to have an impact.
Erich said:the armada would not have been the armada had the Luftwaffe and Rundestedt plus "Fatty" woken up several days before hand. of course this is all a huge what if but yes it would of been ultimately destructive for the Allies had an "official" night bombing campaign been put into effect striking Enmglish ports. As I said the Luftwaffe knew where the fields and ports all were but yet because of faulty leadership in the higher eschelons their hands were tied.
forget day time resistance as the Lufw. day defences were in process of moving deeper into the Reich, as it was shown on the first day 6-6-44 with few sorties flown and only the enxt days were the generation of JG a/c up in force and decimated
syscom3 said:I dont think the Luftwaffe would have based large numbers of aircraft in France/Holland/Belgium. That would present a nice juicy target for the allies. I could imagine the allied response would involve night fighters and bombers to harrass them, followed up by medium bombers to hole the fields in the morning, with heavy bombers next to craterize the airfield.
Just the numbers of fighters that the allies could deploy would mean the Luftwaffe would be on the defensive even before they would be at the forward airfields
Erich said:~ not necessarily. the bomber Geschwaders were not supported by Göring after the invasion of the Soviet Union and his faith in them failed so they were left to their own initiatives. It didn't help to have the ugly moustached one press him on this matter. It was always was attack, attack, attack and with what... ?
~ if the Fernenachtjagd missions had been stepped up instead of just using one meagre NJG2 Geschwader in 1941 you would not have seen B-17's B-24's or probably even a mulititude of RAF Lancs and Hali's fly over the Reich. this was how important the the German Night intruder program could have been. As I said several times the Luftw. knew of every RAF airfield on the UK and they were prepared to take it to them until the short turd of an Austrian called the whole thing off. In my personal opinion this is what caused the dramatic turn around in the air war for both night and day. To make it plain and simple historians have overlooked this all important factoid .............