Sealion & Barbarossa
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Operation Sealion & Operation Barbarossa
The element of surprise was of crucial importance for Operation Barbarossa. For example, in Hitler's War Directive No. 21, ordering preparations for Operation Barbarossa, he stated "It is of decisive importance that our intention to attack should not be known.".
In order to increase their chances of achieving the necessary surprise, the Germans made use of their plans for Operation Sealion as deception plan - to try to make their enemies think they intended to attack England rather than the USSR. There were two parts to the deception plan.
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