Revealed: How Nazis planned to invade Ireland - dossier goes under hammer today
A TOP secret plan for a Nazi invasion of Ireland complete with maps and photographs goes under the hammer today.
The dossier contains detailed information and photographs of the country, viewed by Hitler as a potential target.
Entitled 'Militargeographische Angaben uber Irland', it pinpoints a number of strategic cities and sites that would have been the focus of any invasion.
While Ireland remained neutral during the war, it was seen as a potentially important strategic location for the German military whose U boats were allowed into Irish waters.
The dossier goes up for sale today at an auction being held in Ludlow Race Course in Shropshire, England, and it is expected to fetch about £600 (€750).
Since the war, the document has been kept privately by a family and out of public sight. Once put into operation, the plan was to be named 'Operation Sealion' but was scrapped once it became clear that the German Luftwaffe could not better the British RAF.
It was abandoned by Hitler and his top generals in September 1940.
However, experts believe the documents contradict the Irish expectation that they were immune from possible invasion due to their accommodation of German boats.
Historical document expert Richard Westwood Brookes put it simply: "No one in the world was safe from the evil of Hitler."