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Operation Sea Lion: The Projected Invasion of England in 1940

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s/t: An Account of the German Preparations & the British Countermeasures
In the summer of 1940 the Germans prepared to launch Operation Sea Lion, the invasion of England. The British, barely recovered from Dunkirk, rallied their defenses. Both sides operated in great secrecy &, because the invasion never took place, the dramatic preparations for what would have been
Hardcover, book of the month club, 325 pages
Published 1957 by Simon & Schuster (NYC)
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Erik Graff
Jun 30, 2013 Erik Graff rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: battle of Britain fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: history
My Dad fought in both theatres while Mom lived under Nazi occupation in Norway. Dad turns eighty-seven tomorrow, so I read this book blind, being generally interested in reading books about the world they grew up in, but knowing nothing about the author. I've likely read scores of books about WWII for similar personal reasons.

In any case, I know enough about the war to state that the book's approach is creditable. Fleming--brother of Ian Fleming--not only lived through the events on the homefron
Jill Hutchinson
The invasion of Britain by Nazi Germany which never happened......Operation Sea Lion. The author, brother of Ian Fleming, was involved with the government in planning for the expected invasion and provides an insiders look at the year 1940 when things were looking bleak for Great Britain. But Hitler made mistake after mistake when trying to bring England to her knees; the first being that he missed his chance immediately after Dunkirk when England was at her weakest. Hitler did not understand th ...more
Robert Hepple
Jul 04, 2016 Robert Hepple rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Operation Sea Lion was first published in 1957 under the title Invasion 1940, and tells the story of German plans to invade the British Isles in 1940. A lot of text is spent of detailing the events that led to this situation in order to put things in context, as well as a lot of thoughts about the attitude of the British people at the time concerning the impending invasion. There are a number of illustrations reproduced from Punch at the time which tells you that many people didn't take it serio ...more
Brad Lucht
Feb 27, 2016 Brad Lucht rated it it was ok
This book was a real slog, a recipe for insomnia if ever there was one.

Operation Sea Lion discusses the planned invasion of England by Germany shortly after Dunkirk.

Both German invasion plans and British resistance plans are discussed in some detail, but presented in a manner in which I just didn't care.

While the subject is of interest, this book is *not* recommended.
P.S.: Peter Fleming is the older brother of Ian Flemming, author of the James Bond series. He wrote several travel books be
Jul 26, 2012 Trish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-military
Very interesting study of the preparations for the invasion that never was.
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WW II Spy Novels: Operation Sea Lion 20 9 Mar 12, 2014 11:26AM  
Adventurer and travel writer. A brother of James Bond author Ian Fleming, he married actress Celia Johnson in 1935 and worked on military deception operations in World War II.
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