Strasser: Are you one of those people who cannot imagine the Germans in their beloved Paris?
Rick: It’s not particularly my beloved Paris.
Heinz: Can you imagine us in London?
Rick: When you get there, ask me!
Renault: Hmmh! Diplomatist!
Strasser: How about New York?
Rick: Well there are certain sections of New York, Major, that I wouldn’t advise you to try to invade.
Well this is a surprise. Something worth reading in Slate.
And even if the Germans had landed a sizable force here, how where they going to be resupplied? Any such force would have been trapped here until it was defeated, destroyed, or retreated. The U.S. could play at the U-boat game, and the Germans would have needed open logistics lines to keep themselves supplied. Assuming that they were somehow able to move further inland, they still would need a corridor or corridors open to the ocean for supplies and retreat. Not seeing how that could have happened.
In addition, everybody had guns. One commonality among the nations conquered by Germany is that private firearms ownership was heavily restricted or simply banned. With no such restrictions here and given the fact that modern combined arms tactics were still in their infancy, it’s difficult to see how the Germans would have avoided taking heavy casualties. The Germans would have faced an armed force at least 10 times the size of their invasion force, who were also motivated to ensure that they (the Germans) would lose.
Go here to read the rest. An invasion of the US by Nazi Germany was always a fantasy, unless Hitler’s “supermen” gained the ability to walk on water. At no time did the Nazis develop a navy that could have controlled the Atlantic. Even Operation Sea Lion, requiring control of the British Channel, was far beyond the grasp of the Third Reich. Only the US and the British had the naval power to transport huge armies across oceans and keep them supplied.
If the Nazis had managed the feat of transporting and sustaining an army to the US they would have found themselves confronting, in the words of a British officer during the American Revolution, “a people numerous and armed”. The American Revolution and the Civil War amply demonstrate how hard Americans will fight when confronted on their home ground. Against a foe like Nazi Germany it would have been war to the knife, and the knife to the hilt, and my money would have been on a hundred and thirty-three million enraged Americans against a Nazi army trying to conquer the huge expanses of the US. Lincoln nailed it long ago:
Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant to step the ocean and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest, with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years. At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer. If it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us; it cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time or die by suicide.