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Operation Sealion: The Invasion of England 1940

By Peter Schenk

Greenhill Books
Released: 2019-09-02
Hardcover (288 pages)

Operation Sealion: The Invasion of England 1940
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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 tugs and hospital ships. He then goes on to outline the strategic preparations for the landing and looks at the operational plans of, in turn, the navy, army and air force.

The planned invasion is described in full detail so that the reader can follow the proposed sequence of events from loading, setting sail and the crossing of the Channel, to the landing and the early advances into southern England. Schenk uniquely estimates the chances of success.

This absorbing account of Hitler's abortive mission, more detailed than anything written hitherto, is of interest not just to the naval historian but to anyone with an interest in World War II.

The German Invasion of Norway: April 1940

By Geirr H. Haarr

Naval Institute Press
Paperback (446 pages)

The German Invasion of Norway: April 1940
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This major history documents the German invasion of Norway, focusing on the events at sea. The first operation in which the air force, army, and navy worked closely together, Operation Weserübung included the first dive-bomber attack to sink a major warship and the first carrier task-force operations. Based on primary sources from British, German, and Norwegian archives, this book gives a balanced account of the reasons behind the invasion and showcases an unrivaled collection of photographs. As the definitive study of Germany's first and last major seaborne invasion, it offers a close look at an important but often neglected aspect of World War II.

Operation Sea lion;: The projected invasion of England in 1940, an account of the German preparations and the British countermeasures

By Peter Fleming

Simon and Schuster
Hardcover (323 pages)

Operation Sea lion;: The projected invasion of England in 1940, an account of the German preparations and the British countermeasures
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Fleming, Peter, Operation Sea Lion: The Projected Invasion of England in 1940

Sealion ascending: The invasion of England, July 1940

By Harry Bold

Released: 2019-02-08
Kindle Edition (228 pages)

Sealion ascending: The invasion of England, July 1940
 
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Hitler's Germany wins World War II. Here it begins!

What if Germany had won World War II?
For this Germany would have had to defeat England.
Then the war would never have become a world war.

There were not many switches that would have had to point the events in a slightly different direction in order to get a completely different course of history.

This novel describes the fictitious execution of the Sealion invasion, with a completely different strategy than in the original planning.
The content of the novel is about the planning and the preparation of the landing (Volume 1). The landing itself and the subsequent conquest of England follow later in Volumes 2 and 3.

Only a few prerequisites, entirely feasible at that time, would have been necessary to make the operation successful:

1.The planning for sealion should have been done as contingency planning already in the spring of 1940 parallel to the Plan Yellow the plan for the Blitzkrieg in France.
2. The landing should have started as soon as possible after the fall of Dunkirk.
3.additional tanks for Me 109 fighters could have been produced early (technically no problem).
4.the training of several German bomber units with a double role as torpedo bombers.
5.the beginning of the fight against the RAF infrastructure already at the beginning of July, instead of the senseless channel fight.
6.the ultimative request to the Vichy government to hand over tanks, artillery, aircraft and merchant ships to the German Wehrmacht for use.
7.no bombardment of London but destruction of the RAF and Royal Navy
8.the clear political and military will to carry out sea lion
9.a landing initially primarily as an airborne landing

My fictional story implements these requirements.

It begins shortly before France's surrender. However, some of the inserts still have an earlier date, to explain some important prerequisites for the success of the operation.
In this fictional story I also took the liberty of letting Göring die from an overdose of cocaine and of having Churchill assassinated by an Irish terrorist. Although I actually like Churchill, a brilliant political criminal and German-hater. At any rate, Göring was followed by Milch, a born organizer and pragmatist, who with his unscrupulous energy avoids Göring's mistakes, fights down the RAF and RN and thus creates the conditions for the landing.

The book is also available as a paperback at Amazon:

Volume 2 is about 60% ready and will probably be published in the summer of 2019, the english version in autumn.

Invasion of England, 1940: The planning of Operation Sealion

By Peter Schenk

Conway Maritime Press
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Operation Sea Lion: German Plans for the Invasion of England, 1939-1942

By Ronald Wheatley

Oxford
Hardcover (216 pages)

Operation Sea Lion: German Plans for the Invasion of England, 1939-1942
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This study ... is solidly based on pertinent data recorded in the captured German archives. As such, it must be accepted as the definitive work on Hitler's ill-conceived and reluctantly abandoned dream of adding Britain to his European empire. It is also, considering its academic origin, suprizingly crisp and readable.

   


 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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