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Operation Sealion (Hardback)

Hitler’s Invasion Plan for Britain

WWII Battle of Britain Hitler & the Third Reich Military

By David Wragg
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 239
ISBN: 9781473867383
Published: 30th May 2018

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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.

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Miniature 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.

Read the full review here

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About David Wragg

David Wragg has published several highly praised books on railway history, and he produced a textbook for the old Chartered Institute of Transport. He has also written on railways for the Sunday Telegraph, The Spectator, The Scotsman, and the Yorkshire Post. His Wartime on the Railways was reviewed by Rail as 'very readable' and by Railways Illustrated as 'as a fascinating insight and also an important record', and Railways Illustrated chose his Southern Railway Handbook as 'Book of the Month'.

One of his most recent publications is The Historical Dictionary of Railways in the British Isles. He is also well known as a writer of military history and provide the British, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand material for ON SEAS CONTESTED - THE SEVEN GREAT NAVIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR, published in 2010 by the Naval Institute Press in the United States and which won the Stonebooks award for "The Best Non-Fiction book on World War II" to have been published that year.'

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