We March Against England

We March Against England

Operation Sea Lion, 1940-41

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In May, 1940, Nazi Germany was master of continental Europe, the only European power still standing was Great Britain--and the all-conquering German armed forces stood poised to cross the Channel. Following the destruction of the RAF fighter forces, the sweeping of the Channel of mines, and the wearing down of the Royal Naval defenders, two German army groups were set to storm the beaches of southern England. Despite near-constant British fears from August to October, the invasion never tookplace after first being postponed to spring 1941, before finally being abandoned entirely.

Robert Forcyzk, author of Where the Iron Crosses Grow , looks beyond the traditional British account of Operation Sea Lion , complete with plucky Home Guards and courageous Spitfire pilots, at the real scale of German ambition, plans and capabilities. He examines, in depth, how Operation Sea Lion fitted in with German air-sea actions around the British Isles as he shows exactly what stopped Hitler from invading Britain.

Publisher: Oxford : Osprey, 2016.
ISBN: 9781472814852
Branch Call Number: 940.54211 For
Characteristics: 368 pages : illustrations (some colour), maps ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Operation Sea Lion, 1940-41

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Jun 10, 2017

Might Operation Sea Lion - Hitler's plan to invade the island of Great Britain - have changed the course of WW2? Forczyk answers yes! In the course of a very in-depth analysis, the author considers the practical capabilities of the forces on both sides, across all types of military effort (land, sea, air, intelligence, industry and food, commerce). He concludes that German arms could probably not have succeeded in complete conquest of the British Isles; personality clashes (Goring and Raeder, for instance) and inter-service rivalries may have hindered the plans too deeply. However, the invasion held a strong chance of success in that a long-term German beachhead and a war of attrition on English soil, given strategic failings and mistakes by Churchill on the other hand, could easily have driven the British to a negotiated peace, which was Hitler's initial goal for the invasion.
Bottom line - very detailed, and a fascinating new look at the basic narrative.

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