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Operation Sealion: The Invasion of England 1940

By Peter Schenk

Greenhill Books
Released: 2019-08-09
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 specialized landing craft. Remarkably, in only two months they prepared an invasion fleet of 4,000 vessels.

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Operation Sealion, Peter Schenk begins by analyzing and describing the vessels that were developed and deployed for the operation: converted cargo vessels and steamers, more specialized 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.

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.

Invasion: The German Invasion of England July 1940

By Kenneth Macksey

Military Book Club
Hardcover (223 pages)

Invasion: The German Invasion of England July 1940
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Dust cover is excellent. Pages clean and crisp, no writing or markings in book.

Five Days in September: The Invasion of England 1940

By P R Burrell

Independently published
Paperback (193 pages)

Five Days in September: The Invasion of England 1940
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September 1940, the Battle of Britain is over, the Luftwaffe has air superiority over England and the invasion of England has been set in motion. Jimmy Webb and his two lifelong friends, Penny Packard and Harry Hughes, who live in the southeast of England, in a clifftop village between Dover and Folkestone are all involved in the defence of Britain, despite being 17 years old. Jimmy is in the resistance, a member of an Auxiliary Patrol, Harry is a member of the Home Guard whilst Penny has been recruited as a local intelligence agent, a member of the Auxiliary Units Special Duties Branch tasked with reporting on enemy actions, troop movements and the morale of the populace. Karl Dressler, leader of an SS Assault Group of the 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, the crack unit of the Waffen-SS, has been tasked with securing and holding the area between Dover and Folkestone, an area that includes the invasion headquarters. The story of the invasion is told through the eyes of Jimmy, Penny and Karl. The nascent romance between Jimmy and Penny is interrupted by the invasion and the SS Officer also becomes involved with Penny. The invasion has violent and painful consequences for all, bringing the horror of war to English soil.

Invasion of England, 1940: The planning of Operation Sealion

By Peter Schenk

Conway Maritime Press
Hardcover (372 pages)

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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.

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

Invasion, 1940: The Truth About the Battle of Britain and What Stopped Hitler

By Derek Robinson

Brand: Da Capo Press
Hardcover (320 pages)

Invasion, 1940: The Truth About the Battle of Britain and What Stopped Hitler
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The Battle of Britain could not stop Operation Sealion, the planned German invasion. The historians got it wrong. This is a big claim to make, yet the reasoning behind it is remarkably straightforward. In Invasion 1940, author Derek Robinson asks why historians have dovetailed the Battle of Britain with Operation Sealion. Military experts say the Battle prevented an invasion, but they don't exactly explain how. Why is it taken for granted that an air battle could halt an assault from the sea? The skill and courage of the RAF pilots isn't in question, but did the Luftwaffe's failure to destroy them, plus bad weather, really persuade Hitler to cancel Sealion? That's what Hitler said, and Churchill claimed a great victory for 'The Few'. The Battle of Britain ended; Sealion died. One followed the other, so the first must have caused the second. But Derek Robinson challenges that assumption and reaches a startling conclusion. The real obstacle to invasion was a force that both Churchill and Hitler failed to acknowledge. In this fascinating reexamination, Robinson doesn't seek to downplay the heroism and achievements of the RAF; rather, he wants the true picture of that brilliant moment in history—Invasion, 1940— to emerge.

Invasion: The Alternative History of the German Invasion of England, July 1940

By Kenneth Macksey

Frontline Books
Released: 2015-01-19
Kindle Edition (224 pages)

Invasion: The Alternative History of the German Invasion of England, July 1940
 
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'Macksey's blend of what actually happened and what might have been makes for a piece of writing comparable to Frederick Forsyth at his best.' Jack Higgins

'Convincingly described and excellently illustrated.' The Daily Telegraph

In June 1940, German troops massed across the Channel, poised for the invasion of Britain. With France defeated and Britain cowed, Hitler seemed ready for his greatest gamble.

In this brilliant and compelling alternate history the Germans launch the invasion that, in reality, was never more than a plan. Landing between Dover and Hythe, German troops push inland supported by the Luftwaffe and the impregnable panzers, and strike out towards London. The British, desperate to defeat the invaders, rally and prepare for a crucial confrontation – at Maidstone.

Realistic, carefully researched and superbly written, this best-selling study is a classic of alternate history and a thought-provoking look at how Britain's war might have been.

   


 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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