Sealion & Barbarossa
Operation Sea Lion
It Happened Here
The Kriegsmarine in Operation Sealion
This was a daunting task for a number of reasons, not least that the Kriegsmarine was heavily outnumbered by the British Royal Navy - the ratio of ships was something like 5:1:
Additionally, simply transporting the German troops across the Channel, even without British opposition, was a major problem: Unlike the British and American navies, the Kriegsmarine did not have amphibious landing ships or experience.
Given the lack of landing craft, a plan was made to adapt barges and create rafts for transporting the invasion fleet. This was highly risky, as the barges were slow, had poor seaworthiness (they could be sank by a destroyer simply passing by nearby), and were undermanned - the Germans simply did not have enough men with nautical experience.
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