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  • Somewhere far out in the Atlantic, a reinforced American destroyer squadron out on patrol

  • comes under fire.

  • The first few shots are off-target, but as American crews scramble to their battle stations,

  • the fire becomes much more accurate.

  • The USS Breckinridge takes a direct hit right on her bow, twisting metal and killing dozens

  • of sailors.

  • The high Atlantic waves pour into her from the giant hole left behind, and within minutes

  • she begins to sink.

  • In the distant horizon, the attackers are visible to US Navy spotters.

  • There's the tell-tale puff of multiple large caliber guns firing simultaneously on several

  • of the enemy vessels.

  • Twenty eight seconds later thirty 1500 pound shells smash into the American formation.

  • The results are devastating, and hundreds more American lives are lost in seconds.

  • The destroyers are all but helpless in the onslaught.

  • Their 4 inch guns can't hope to match the massive range of the enemy battleships, and

  • the only real hope they have is their torpedoes- but that means getting closer and braving

  • heavy enemy fire.

  • With few options left, the American ships turn onto their enemies with grim determination,

  • hoping to make use of their torpedoes.

  • There is no air cover for the destroyer squadron, most of America's carriers have long ago been

  • sent to the bottom of the Atlantic, and those that survive are held in reserve in the Pacific

  • in a desperate last stand to hold the Japanese off the California coast.

  • Likewise, most of America's battleships have long ago been lost to the major naval engagements

  • of 1942 and 1943.

  • Overwhelmed by a superior enemy with better planes, ships, and guns- and more of all three

  • of those- the US Navy has been able to do little but put up enough of a fight to discourage

  • an invasion of the homeland.

  • Until now.

  • As the destroyers steam towards their targets, ships being lost one by one under the withering

  • enemy fire, the full complement of the enemy formation at last comes into sight.

  • Rows of battleships supported by several squadrons of destroyers, and at the rear aircraft carriers

  • for establishing air dominance.

  • Several spotters planes have been launched and have allowed the enemy to accurately direct

  • the fire of the battleships below onto the Americans, but the carriers haven't even bothered

  • to launch their torpedo planes- they don't need to.

  • This last line of American defense in the Atlantic shatters and breaks in its suicidal

  • attack, the joint British and German task force, protecting the largest invasion fleet

  • ever assembled by mankind, continues on its path to the American east coast.

  • In the late 1930s, as Hitler began to ramp up his ambitions to create a new German Reich,

  • it was clear he had one major problem: the United States.

  • Taking on France and Britain would be difficult, though all of his advisors were confident

  • neither nation was prepared for war and could be defeated.

  • But if the United States were to once more throw its weight behind the Allies, as it

  • had in World War I, then Hitler's dreams of conquering Europe could be at serious risk.

  • Russia too would be problematic, but once his western flank was secure, shifting superior

  • German firepower to the Russian front would be simple.

  • Hitler's spies assured him that the Red Army was fundamentally weak- Stalin's great ideological

  • purges and paranoia both had resulted in the extermination of many of the Red Army's best

  • officers.

  • What remained was a rag-tag force of mostly conscripts led by officers who's primary qualification

  • wasn't battlefield expertise, but rather loyalty to Stalin.

  • The United States was the ultimate thorn in Hitler's side.

  • Even if the nation remained neutral, Hitler's dream of German superpowerdom only meant that

  • it would eventually be put into direct competition with the United States, a nation that German

  • observers were quick to point out was well on its way to becoming the dominant industrial

  • and economic power in the world.

  • Despite the Great Depression having leveled the US economy, the potential was nonetheless

  • there- its navy alone had grown by almost 100 ships by the time of Germany's invasion

  • of Poland.

  • It was obvious- Germany would either have to face America today, or defer the conflict

  • to a post-war era, when it had consolidated power in Europe.

  • However, postponing the conflict meant that the United States could continue to grow in

  • power while Germany depleted itself in combat, potentially giving America an insurmountable

  • lead.

  • Better that the US be dealt with now, while Germany was still strong.

  • But how, exactly?

  • First, American naval might would have to be neutralized- or at least heavily occupied.

  • A modern industrial power protected on both sides by vast oceans, the United States enjoyed

  • the best strategic position of any major nation in human history.

  • It could easily engage in trade with both the European and Asian world, while being

  • protected from both by the sheer size of the oceans at either coast.

  • America knew this too, which is why in the 20th century it had begun a sizable investment

  • in its Navy, which now rivaled the legendary British Royal Navy in might.

  • It had also worked to deter any European expansion of power into its hemisphere of the world.

  • The United States would tolerate no threat based in the southern or northern spheres

  • of the American continents.

  • The German navy wasn't big enough to take on the Americans alone, its navy was more

  • focused on controlling the Baltic sea- and already faced incredible difficulty in doing

  • so thanks to the British and French navies.

  • What was needed was an ally with a strong navy of its own, and Japan afforded just such

  • an opportunity.

  • If the United States could be distracted in the Pacific, not only might it be deterred

  • from joining the European war, but when the time came to bring the fight to American shores,

  • the US would have to split its fleets between the Pacific and Atlantic.

  • But Japan would never be able to support an actual invasion of the American homeland,

  • which is what would be needed to truly neutralize the threat that the US posed to German dreams

  • of superpowerdom.

  • It simply wouldn't be economic, or realistic, to ship German troops and equipment all the

  • way to the Pacific where it could be escorted to the American coast by Japanese ships.

  • Instead, it would have to be an Atlantic power that aided the German effort, and only one

  • nation had the naval might to challenge, and destroy, the American navy: Great Britain.

  • But how could Britain be persuaded to join its bitter enemy in a fight against the United

  • States?

  • Well, if Britain could be defeated quickly enough, or at least made to suffer heavily,

  • then perhaps Hitler could coerce the British to view America as an enemy, opposed to its

  • own colonial interests.

  • It was no secret that the American president, Franklin Roosevelt, and his vice-president,

  • Harry Truman, were both no fans of European colonialism.

  • Already talks amongst American leadership echoed a sentiment that if the US were to

  • aid the Allies, it would only do so with the assurances that many of Britain and France's

  • colonies would be liberated in the post-war period.

  • With British colonies providing much of its industrial and economic power, surely England

  • could be convinced that opposing the United States was in its own best interests.

  • After all, Hitler had no plans to take and hold the British isles themselves- Britain

  • could be allowed its independence and even given favorable trading status with the new

  • German reich, in exchange for helping it crush America.

  • However, even before a naval invasion by a joint German-British fleet could commence,

  • American industrial power would have to be pounded into submission.

  • And that was a hell of a challenge considering New York was 4,000 miles (6400 km) from Berlin.

  • German engineering genius however, could solve that issue.

  • Enter the Amerikabomber, a massive long range strategic bomber which could take off from

  • airfields in France and deliver several tons of bombs to the American east coast.

  • With competition from several different manufacturers, Hitler's dream of seeing New York city in

  • flames, and Hermann Goring's ambition tostuff the mouth of arrogance across the seawould

  • finally come true.

  • The die was cast, Hitler finally had a plan to crush America and ensure uncontested German

  • superpowerdom in the age to come.

  • There was just one problem- none of Hitler's plans were even remotely realistic.

  • First, gaining British cooperation was exceedingly unlikely at best.

  • Had Hitler actually succeeded in forcing Britain to surrender before American intervention,

  • perhaps the Royal Navy could have been wrangled for his effort to destroy American naval might

  • as part of an unconditional surrender.

  • However, the US entry into the war in 1941 all but insured that Britain would continue

  • to resist, and a cross-strait invasion was still an impossibility for the German army-

  • even without American reinforcements waiting to greet them on British soil.

  • Secondly, Hitler's dream of a bomber capable of reaching US soil was pure fantasy.

  • Not only were the engineering challenges of such a long range bomber incredibly difficult

  • to overcome, and expensive, but German bombers would be put into the same position that Allied

  • bombers would face themselves later in the war: forced to attack a heavily defended target

  • with no fighter escorts.

  • The savage mauling American bomber crews faced over Europe at the hands of the Luftwaffe

  • due to a lack of a long-range fighter made it clear that Hitler's plan to bomb the United

  • States was destined for disaster even if the technical challenges were overcome.

  • However, the nail in the coffin for Hitler's plan to bomb the US came when Portugal lent

  • the use of the Azores to the allies, denying Germany desperately needed airfields in the

  • Atlantic.

  • The truth is that other than a hazy ambition to attack the United States at home, Hitler

  • never truly had a plan to invade the US that was remotely realistic.

  • In a conversation with the Japanese ambassador in 1942, Hitler admitted that he did not yet

  • know how to defeat the United States.

  • Surely a troubling line of conversation coming from the wartime ally that dragged Japan into

  • a one-on-one deathmatch with America in the Pacific.

  • Now you need to go watch Could the US defend from an invasion of the homeland?

  • Or click this other video instead.

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Hitler's Actual Plan for Taking Over America

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