|The Fuhrer and CINC of
OKW/WFA/L #33 160/4O g. Kdos.
|Fuhrer HQ, 1 Aug 1940
Fourth of seven copies. Secret.
Geheime Kommandosache Chefsache
Officer Courier only
FOR THE CONDUCT OF AIR AND NAVAL WARFARE AGAINST
For the purpose of creating conditions for the final
defeat of Britain, I intend continuing air and naval warfare against
English motherland in a more severe form than hitherto.
For this purpose I order as follows:
- The Luftwaffe will employ all forces available to
eliminate the British air force as soon as possible. In the initial
stages, attacks will be directed primarily against the hostile air
forces and their ground service organization and supply installations,
and against air armament industries, including factories producing AAA
- Once temporary or local air superiority is achieved,
operations will continue against ports, particularly against
installations for the storage of food, and against food storage
installations farther inland. In view of intended future German
operations, attacks against ports on the south coast of England will be
restricted to a minimum.
- Air operations against hostile naval and merchant
ships will be considered a secondary mission during this phase unless
particularly lucrative fleeting opportunities offer or unless such
action will achieve increased effects in the operations prescribed
Item 2, above, or in the case of operations serving to train aircraft
crews for the continued conduct of air warfare.
- The intensified air offensive will be so conducted
that adequately strong air forces can be made available whenever
required to support naval operations against favorable fleeting
In addition, the Luftwaffe will remain prepared to render effective
support for Operation Sea Lion.
- Terrorization attacks as retaliatory measures will be
carried out only on orders from me.
- Intensified air warfare can commence at any time from
5 August on. The Luftwaffe will itself determine the deadline after
completion of its preparations and in accordance with weather
||s/ Adolf Hitler
|CINC, Luftwaffe First Copy
CINC, Navy Second Copy
CINC, Army Third Copy
Wehrmacht High Command, Chief WFA Fourth copy