The Fuhrer and CINC of the Wehrmacht
# 33 210/40 G. Kdos
1 August 1940
Officer Courier only!
Directive No. 17
FOR THE CONDUCT OF AIR AND NAVAL WARFARE AGAINST ENGLAND
For the purpose of creating conditions for the final defeat of
Britain, I intend continuing air and naval warfare against the 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 anti-aircraft
- 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
under 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 favourable fleeting targets. In
addition, the Luftwaffe will remain prepared to render effective
support for Operation Sealion.
- 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
|Commander in Chief, Luftwaffe
|Commander in Chief, Navy
|Commander in Chief, Army
|Wehrmacht High Command, Chief WFA