Protection Companies and Invasion Scares
Mid-September reports of brisk recruiting to the New Army and the Territorial Force, combined with the failure of Germany to launch a disruptive raid, gave Maurice Hankey, Secretary to the Cabinet, cause for reasonable optimism. He acknowledged that if Russia or France did collapse, Germany probably had sufficient shipping to transport 195,000 troops across the North Sea and to land them on the East Coast. He was also concerned about the extent of enemy mine laying and of the lack of practical intelligence reaching Britain from the German ports. Nevertheless, Hankey thought most of Britain’s ports were well defended, that transport to carry the Central Force to any threatened area was in place and, although he would have liked to see more wire and trenches on the beaches, was confident that invasion was unlikely.1
KeywordsSteam Shipping Explosive Assure Beach
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