Friday, February 29, 2008
The Rocket Blitz
(see web page for photos)
A fascinating question of history is what might have happened had Neville
Chamberlain not resigned in May 1940 but continued on as British prime
minister, with Winston Churchill never taking command. What would have
happened during the blitz as bombs and rockets exploded all over London,
killing and maiming men, women and children?
After careful consideration, the following is a virtual history of the
London blitz without Churchill:
As the rockets begin to land and explode around London, Chamberlain
announces that he recognizes the German Reich and the right of Germany to
set up its own state in areas released from Czech and Polish occupation.
Britain appeals to Hitler to arrest those enemies of peace who are
launching rockets at London. Chamberlain appeals to the political leaders
of the Reich to denounce the rocket terror and begin negotiations to end
Hitler insists he is trying his best to stop the violence but is having
trouble controlled the radicals who have taken over the German parliament.
The British foreign minister agrees. To help calm the situation, the
British government agrees to send food and medicine to Germany. The RAF
targets and assassinates some Luftwaffe pilots and base personnel, but
several German civilians are killed; Britain is denounced for this by the
international community and by the British Labor Party.
Hitler speaks at a large rally in Nuremberg and exhorts the masses to
remember the martyred German pilots who were killed while dropping bombs
on London, and to strive to continue their mission. Chamberlain praises
Hitler's speech for exhibiting moderation and restraint. He begins sending
small arms to the Germans to help control the
anti-peace German underground opposition groups.
During a lull in the bombings, Chamberlain makes a speech in which he says
he is more concerned about the invasion of Britain by Hollywood movies
than he is by buzz bombs (to be echoed decades later in an Oslo-era speech
by Shimon Peres in which Peres would say he is far more worried about the
infiltration into Israel of cable television than the infiltration of
When more bombs explode, the calls increase inside Britain to strike back
at Germany. The British Union for German Human rights denounces this as
racism and bigotry.
Chamberlain points out that massive retaliation would be the very worst
option possible. Britain must endeavor to make peace with its German peace
partners, not feed the fires of hatred. This is the only way to achieve a
New Middle Europe, he insists. And besides, if Hitler is not supported and
strengthened, an even more radical and violent leader will emerge in
As more rockets fall, Chamberlain points out that the dead are simply
martyrs for peace and Britain must carry on with its peace process, since
there is no alternative. A pro-German member of the British parliament
travels to Berlin and calls for Britain.s annihilation.
Chamberlain allows Oswald Mosley's fascist party to run in the election.
Mosley's people exercise hegemony over the British universities and the
After more rockets explode, Chamberlain loses his temper and decides to
take action at last. He assigns extra police to guard the Underground
stations in London. He orders British critics of his peace process to be
arrested for criminal incitement against the government, accusing the
critics of undermining peace efforts and endangering
security. Chamberlain meets with British antiwar poets and writers and
they issue an appeal to the British public to remain firm in the face of
adversity and continue to strive for peace. Stiff British upper lip and
Chamberlain again appeals to President Hitler, as the legitimate leader of
the Teutonic peoples, to arrest those responsible for the rocket
aggressions. But he reminds British citizens that the unbearable
alternative to negotiations with the Reich would be to send British
soldiers back into the territories of Central Europe. Teams of pro-German
professors from British universities tour the world demanding a boycott of
all commerce and trade with Britain.
More rockets land. Chamberlain proposes speeding up the peace process and
disarming the Royal Navy as a show of good will. The representatives of
Vichy France come for a state visit, congratulating Chamberlain and the
British and German peoples for their devotion to peace in the face of
Some more rockets land. Chamberlain proposes, as a retaliatory measure,
arresting some pro-German spies inside Britain, but British civil rights
lawyers appeal to the Court of Appeals and the ruling is overturned. The
government considers proposals to turn Stonehenge over to the Germans as a
goodwill gesture, since it is a holy shrine for all pagans.
Even more rockets land. The British Peace Now movement notes that there
would be no violence at all if the British would just disarm altogether
and stop making Hitler feel insecure. Besides, they say, the British
should not be occupying Scotland and Wales at all, lands in which they
don.t belong. Chamberlain opens secret negotiations with Germany to
transfer London.s East End, Greenwich and Docklands areas to German
Many more rockets land. That.s it, yells Chamberlain. The proverbial
camel's back is broken. It is time to fight German terror with all means
at our disposal. This is the Moral Equivalent Of War, he yells - MEOW, for
short. There is no alternative.
We must, he declares, initiate talks with Germany at once so that we can
conduct unilateral withdrawal as quickly as possible from Devon and the