Operation Sealion (Hardback)
Hitler’s Invasion Plan for Britain
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During the Summer of 1940, Hitler’s Germany appeared unstoppable. The Nazis were masters of mainland Europe, in alliance with Stalin’s Russia and only the English Channel prevented an immediate invasion.
Britain stood alone. The BEF had been routed but, due to the ‘Dunkirk miracle’, most of her manpower had returned albeit without their transport and heavy equipment and guns. There was no doubt that the Nazis planned to invade – all intelligence pointed that way. In the event it never materialised, thanks to the outcome of the Battle of Britain and Hitler’s decision to invade Russia.
Operation SEALION examines just how realistic the German threat of invasion was. The author studies the plans, the available capability and resources, the Germans’ record in Norway and later Crete. The author weighs these against the state of Britain’s defences and the relative strengths of the land, air and particularly naval forces.
The result is a fascinating study of what might or might not have been.
As featured byMiniature Wargames, December 2018
The author has carefully researched and reviews the planned Operation Sealion, considering how realistic the plans were. The text reads smoothly and there are interesting images in the plate section. What provides a good sanity check is comparison against the Allied invasion at Normandy and the lessons taken on board before that event.Firetrench
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It is hard to believe that in the summer of 1940, neither the Allies nor the Axis powers had any experience of large amphibious operations. German planning for Operation Sealion was concerned with pioneering new techniques and developing specialised landing craft. Remarkably, in only two months they prepared an invasion fleet of 4,000 vessels. In Operation Sealion, Peter Schenk begins by analysing and describing the vessels that were developed and deployed for the operation: converted cargo vessels and steamers, more specialised landing craft, barges and pontoons, and auxiliary vessels such as…By Peter Schenk
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