No. 23 UCDA P150/2836
DUBLIN, 10 March 1941
The Chief of Staff having asked Brig. Gen. Gregson Ellis what were the points which worried Lt. Gen. Pownall1 most where we were concerned, Brig. Gen. Gregson Ellis said
In this connection Brig. Gen. Gregson Ellis said he had made arrangements with the Navy, the Coastal Air Command and the Bomber Command to send him direct information regarding movements by sea transport of German forces. The means to be adopted of sending this information to us was then discussed and the difficulties which had been experienced in arranging satisfactory radio communication were explained by Colonels Archer and Pryce. It was agreed that a special radio set for this purpose must be procured and Gen. Gregson Ellis promised to look after that.
In the course of the discussion Gen. Gregson Ellis voiced the opinion that any invasion of this country would occur as part of the practically simultaneous invasion of both countries. The Germans were possessed of sufficient sea transport for this purpose. Whilst they would require port facilities for the landing of guns and supplies, they could land tanks on beaches from special craft. He thought that if they aimed at seizing possession of a port, they would strike at Cork or Limerick. They would certainly try to land all they needed at the first attempt as they could not hope to escape the British Navy after the initial effort.
The Chief of Staff queried the reason for a reference in one of the questionnaires to the use of the Naas area as a base area and Colonel Pryce said that it was thought that if a permanent base was to be established after the first fortnight it would be South-West of Dublin. The Chief of Staff considered a move of only 20 miles was not much use. If accommodation over and above what was presently suggested in North Co. Dublin was needed, further accommodation in that area could be found. General Gregson Ellis said if after the first two weeks a move to another area was possible, they could move back to Belfast. The issue would be decided in that time.
He indicated that General Pownall would lose no time in coming South to establish contact with General McKenna when the balloon went up.
He held out no hope of further supplies of material but said General Pownall was proceeding to London shortly and would make representations on our behalf.
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