Sealion & Barbarossa
Operation Sea Lion
It Happened Here
Problems with Operation Sealion
There are many reasons to believe that had the Germans attempted Operation Sealion, perhaps even after gaining air superiority in a different Battle of Britain, that they operation would have ended in failure. These problems include:
Another way to look at the issue is to realize that despite years of preparation, historic traditions and recent experiene in amphibious operation, and overwhelming superiority in the air, at sea, and in numbers of troops, the Allied invasion of Normandy in 1944, was no walkover. Compare that with an improvised German invasion of England, with difficulties in the air, at sea, and in terms of ground equipment, and one has to question what would have happened if Sealion had gone ahead.
Perhaps the most likely scenario is that the Germans would have been able to land and establish a beachhead, but then find themselves cut off by the Royal Navy. Inevitably they would eventually run out of supplies and have no choice but to surrender. A major wargame that was carried out at Sandhurst in 1974, produced exactly that result.
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