A little something they do not teach in history class.
Losing your secret invasion plans.
Human carelessness can cost a lot. In early 1940, it cost Nazi Germany its secret invasion plans against France.
On January 10, 1940, Major Erich Hoenmanns, base commander of Loddenheide airfield in Germany, took to the skies in an unarmed Messerschmitt Bf 108. This, in itself, was no big deal. Hoenmanns had a civilian pilot’s license and was allowed to fly a plane to check the camouflage od the airfield from above. He was trying to escape his desk job and become a fighter pilot, taking every chance to log extra flying hours. He also lived away from his wife in Cologne and regularly flew there to give her the laundry. He also had a mistress in Loddenheide, but reasonably couldn’t expect her to do it.
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