28 JUNE 1940, Page 12

Snt,—Your article dealing with the chances of an invasion of

Britain is concerned exclusively with two possible attacks from the East. Although a short reference to a thrust from the West—vid Ireland— is mentioned no account is taken of the potential danger from the French Atlantic coast and aerodromes. It is from these places that additional trouble may come, in the form of parachutists and troop- carriers, to the back door of England. The recent fighting shows clearly that the pincers movement is always in the mind of the German High Command, and technically a powerful striking force can be dropped and landed anywhere. It may not be able to con- tinue in existence for any length of time, but it cAn do great damage until overpowered.

Ireland has been the pet idea of Germany for long years, but the French Atlantic coast offers an alternative. It is indeed probable that the Home Defence has all these contingencies in mind, but since they form a necessary corollary to your article, allow me to subscribe