Operation Sealion

Hitler's Invasion Plan for Britain
Narrated by: Chris MacDonnell
Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: History, Europe
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During the summer of 1940, Hitler's Germany appeared unstoppable. The Nazis were masters of mainland Europe, in alliance with Stalin's Russia, and only the English Channel prevented an immediate invasion.  

Britain stood alone. The BEF had been routed, but due to the "Dunkirk miracle", most of her manpower had returned, albeit without their transport and heavy equipment and guns. There was no doubt that the Nazis planned to invade - all intelligence pointed that way. However, it never materialized, thanks to the outcome of the Battle of Britain and Hitler's decision to invade Russia.  

Operation Sealion examines just how realistic the German threat of invasion was. The author studies the plans, the available capability and resources, and the Germans' record in Norway and, later, Crete. The author weighs these against the state of Britain's defenses and the relative strengths of the land, air, and naval forces. The result is a fascinating study of what might or might not have been.

©2018 David Wragg (P)2019 Tantor

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Well narrated but poorly written and organized. Contents drifted all over English history. returned book

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Operation What?

This book is supposed to be about Operation Sealion. That's the title. And for about 2 chapters, it is for the most part. Then for whatever reason, the author starts talking bout the Viking invasion of Britain! And by the time the author gets back to the WW2 British Invasion, the reader is completely lost. Too, then Sealion gets shafted again and the author starts in on Operation Barbarossa. Needless to say I didn't finish.

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  • William Hardie
  • 06-29-20

More a general survey of WW2

This book is ok but I was disappointed that it was not very specific on Sealion. It kind of rambled all over the campaign by the Germans from Poland to Russia with all the other invasions in between.