KERRY would have been right in the firing line of the Nazi invasion of Ireland, a top-secret war dossier which came to light this week reveals.
The top-secret documents which came to light this past week contain maps of Ireland, along with postcards of Irish cities and beauty spots and a special booklet outlining Hitler's plans for the invasion of Ireland - codenamed Operation Sea Lion.
A postcard of Rossbeigh Beach is prominent among the dossier and it would appear the Magillicuddy Reeks held a special fascination for the military strategists of Hitler's war command. Entitled Militargeographische Angaben uber Irland, it was published in 1940 and circulated among high-ranking Nazi officers.
Thankfully for this country, Operation Sea Lion was shelved when it became clear Germany would never achieve supremacy in the skies over Britain. But the dossier provides a chilling glimpse of what might have been had the Nazis invaded Ireland and how little our neutrality ultimately meant for the Nazis.
Key strategic spots are marked out across the map of Ireland, with nine indicated in Kerry. It seems the Nazis were most interested in the town of Killarney and a route across the Reeks as far as Killorglin, judging from the way in which the key spots are plotted.
Wartime experts have described the find as a chilling reminder of how Ireland would have been targeted just like any other country in the Nazi's path to European dominance. Thanks to the RAF's supremacy in the skies, however, Germans would only come to Ireland ever after in either a tourist or business capacity.