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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.

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

By Kenneth Macksey

Brand: Greenhill Books
Paperback (224 pages)

Invasion: The Alternate History of the German Invasion of England, July 1940
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In June 1940, as German troops massed across the Channel, poised for the invasion of Britain, Hitler seemed ready for his greatest gamble. In this compelling alternate history the Germans actually launch the invasion. Landing between Dover and Hythe, German troops push inland, supported by the Luftwaffe and the panzers, and strike toward London. A classic and harrowing insight into how Britain's war might have gone.

5 Days in September (Sample): The Invasion of England 1940

By Paul Burrell

RoadRunner Publications
Released: 2019-11-10
Kindle Edition (36 pages)

5 Days in September (Sample): The Invasion of England 1940
 
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Five Days in September (Sample)

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 only 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.

Sealion boarding: German Invasion of England, July 1940

By Harry Bold

Released: 2019-10-11
Kindle Edition (211 pages)

Sealion boarding: German Invasion of England, July 1940
 
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England's nightmare begins.
German airborne troops are landing in the countryside, not far from Folkestone, after the five radar stations securing Kent had been destroyed by a commando action.
Air raids are launched on the main headquarters, while the power and telephone lines connecting Kent to the rest of England are destroyed from the air.
The landing is meticulously told from the perspective of German and English soldiers, aviators and sailors.
The book covers the first day of the landing and is the second book in the "Sealion" series,

Volume 1 is available here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NK7DMTZ

I recommend reading the first volume first, which makes it easier to better understand the complexity of the operation.

Volume 3 of the trilogy is about 30% finished (but growing continuously), will probably be online in early 2020!

Invasion of England, 1940: The planning of Operation Sealion

By Peter Schenk

Conway Maritime Press
Hardcover (372 pages)

Invasion of England, 1940: The planning of Operation Sealion
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Sealion ascending: The invasion of England, July 1940

By Harry Bold

Independently published
Paperback (364 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 lion9.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.Volume 2 is available as E Book under: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07Z28HMKFThe book is also available as a paperback at Amazon.Volume 3 is at about 40% and will probably be published in spring of 2020

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 : The German Invasion of England - July 1940

By Major Kenneth Macksey MC

Macmillan Pub Co
Hardcover (223 pages)

Invasion : The German Invasion of England - July 1940
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Standing alone against Hitler's powerful Wehrmacht after the fall of Holland, Belgium, and France, Great Britain engages its land, sea, and air forces in the climactic Battle of Maidstone

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

By Ronald Wheatley

Oxford University Press
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.

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.


   


 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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