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The most potentially dangerous plan involving Gibraltar was put forward by Admiral Erich Raeder in 1940.
Grand Admiral Erich Raeder, commander -in-chief of the German Navy, said on 3 September 1939, the day Britain and France declared war: "The submarine arm is still much too weak to have a decisive effect on the war.
Bird (Chancellor of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System) has produced the first book-length scholarly biography of the career Admiral Erich Raeder, who led the German navy from 1938 to 1943.
Among the luminaries were General Dietrich von Choltitz, the commanding officer of Nazi-occupied Paris who refused Hitler's orders to burn the city; Grand Admiral Erich Raeder, who as Commander-in-Chief of the German Navy until 1943, was responsible for the policy of the unrestricted U-boat warfare; and General Jurgen von Arnim, the prize of the North Africa Campaign.
Also in mid-September, the German Admiral Erich Raeder recommended that the invasion be postponed indefinitely, citing the presence of more than 30 British destroyers off the coast of southwestern England as one of the decisive deterrents.
Grand Admiral Erich Raeder was leery of Canaris, who he feared was compromised politically.