May 9, 2002

THE MOUSE THAT ROARED:

Kaiser planned to invade US, papers show (The Guardian, May 10 2002)
Berlin: It was planned in detail. Sixty German ships with tens of thousands of troops were to arrive at various points on the United States Atlantic seaboard. Several thousand soldiers would land at Cape Cod and march into Boston, while heavy cruisers entered New York's Lower Bay to bombard Manhattan.

In Washington, the president, Theodore Roosevelt, would be forced to negotiate.

Papers found in the German military archive in Freiburg and published this week in the newspaper Die Zeit show this was one attack plan ordered by Kaiser Wilhelm II, the last German emperor, at the end of the 19th century ''to put America in its place". [...]

In 1897, the documents show, he commissioned a young lieutenant, Eberhard von Mantey, to draft a series of attacks to force a treaty giving Berlin free rein in the Atlantic and the Pacific. Von Mantey regarded direct attacks on the north-eastern ports as the best option.


As Churchill said : The Hun, he's always either at your throat or your feet. Posted by Orrin Judd at May 9, 2002 12:59 PM
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