1. Hitler Tried to Convince Britain to Surrender Without a Fight
Britain was the last country in Western Europe to stand against Hitler after he had conquered other European nations. The defeat of France was an especially hard blow and one that Hitler believed would lead to a British surrender. But despite his lightning conquest of France and after just six weeks of the combat, he was still wary of invading Britain. Since Britain was under the protection of the English Channel and also being that their Royal Navy was superior to the German Kriegsmarine, he wanted to avoid an invasion. Hitler hoped that Britain would peacefully surrender to Germany and agree to a negotiated peace settlement.
However, even though a small contingent of British politicians also favored a compromise, Churchill dismissed any negotiations of surrender and declared that Britain was determined to fight on. The truth is, Hitler never wanted to go into a fight with the British. He had expected them, and compelled them to surrender without a fight and sue for peace, but Britain refused, stating emphatically “We shall never surrender.”
Hitler was then forced to issue “Directive Number 16” code-named Operation Sea Lion, an invasion that was considered as a last resort if the peace agreement failed. However, Operation Sea Lion depended on the Luftwaffe dominating the RAF which never happened, so Operation Sea Lion was postponed after the Battle of Britain. As the war progressed, Hitler abandoned Operation Sea Lion entirely and he never attempted an invasion of Britain.