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Invasion, 1940

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The truth about the Battle of Britain and what stopped the Operation Sealion invasion. 317pp. ph.illus. Hardcover in D.J. fine cond.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 15th 2005 by Constable (first published September 1st 2005)
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Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robinson has taken a convincing revisionist view of Operation Sealion, and backed it with some impressive research and analysis. Two main points: the RAF couldn't, and didn't, stop Sealion; the overwhelming Royal Navy overmatch vs. the Kriegsmarine was the first major factor. The second was that, according to the author, Hitler never really wanted to invade England for various reasons and excuses. Robinson details the huge build-up, the unsuitability of the vessels in that build-up for a channel ...more
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting and in depth account. Easily read, recommended.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing book, I have read again and again.
Sep 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a factual account of the strength of both Great Britain and Germany. Very well thought out and well written, not the authurs usual humorus self.
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I was expecting something a bit more unusual than that the real reason behind the cancelling of Operation SeaLion was (view spoiler) However, this was a book worth reading as the author does present a number of ...more
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting take on the Battle of Britain and its importance in preventing the German invasion of Great Britain in 1940. I admit I get caught up in the Churchillian claims of "so much owed by so many to so few" and the ineptitude of German planning. I did however overlook the most obvious reason, as most historians have: the Royal Navy. How did the Germans plan on getting past the Royal Navy? The answer is they never really knew. The author does a good job of analyzing every aspect of the ...more
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining and well written. A very nice look at the possibility of invasion from several points of view. The author does raise a straw man of sorts, saying there is no way the RAF could have stopped the invasion once begun. I don't think anyone believes that - what they credit the RAF with is denying Germany air supremacy, which the author readily admits.
Stephen Garley
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well worth reading. Makes you reassess the old assumed reasons for cancelling operation sea lion.
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Excellent argument that the British navy is what ensured the ballon never went up on Operation Sea Lion. The Battle of Britain was important, hard-fought, and a very near thing indeed. It was also lucky the Luftwaffe was led by Goering; he was delusional like Hitler and never admitted--and was never called to account for the fact--that he had failed in his promise to crush the RAF.
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Derek Robinson is a British author best known for his military aviation novels full of black humour. He has also written several books on some of the more sordid events in the history of Bristol, his home town, as well as guides to rugby. He was nominated for the Booker Prize in 1971 for his first novel, 'Goshawk Squadron.'

After attending Cotham Grammar School, Robinson served in the Royal Air

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