Operation Sealion: How Britain Crushed the German War Machine's Dreams of Invasion in 1940 (Paperback)
  • Operation Sealion: How Britain Crushed the German War Machine's Dreams of Invasion in 1940 (Paperback)
zoom

Operation Sealion: How Britain Crushed the German War Machine's Dreams of Invasion in 1940 (Paperback)

(author)
1 Review Sign in to write a review
£9.99
Paperback 512 Pages / Published: 04/06/2015
  • In stock

Available

  • This item has been added to your basket

'Superbly written and gripping' Daily Express

The thrilling true account of Hitler's first defeat.

In the summer of 1940, the Nazi war machine was at its zenith. France, Denmark, Norway and the Low Countries were all under occupation after a series of lightning military campaigns. Only Britain stood in the way of the complete triumph of Nazi tyranny. But for the first time in the war, Hitler did not prevail.

The traditional narrative of 1940 holds that Britain was only saved from German conquest by the pluck of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain. The image of Dad's Army recruits training with broomsticks is a classic symbol of the nation's supposed desperation in the face of the threat from Operation Sealion, as the German plan for invasion was code-named.

Yet as Leo McKinstry details, the British were far more ruthless and proficient than is usually recognised. The brilliance of the RAF was not an exception but part of a pattern of magnificent organisation. In almost every sphere of action, such as the destruction of the French naval fleet or the capture of German spies, Britain's approach reflected an uncompromising spirit of purpose and resolution. Using a wealth of primary materials from both British and German archives, Leo McKinstry provides a ground-breaking new assessment of the six fateful months in mid-1940, beginning with Winston Churchill's accession to power in May and culminating in Germany's abandonment of Operation Sealion.

Publisher: John Murray Press
ISBN: 9781848547049
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 359 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
In his immaculately researched and gripping work Leo McKinstry paints a vivid picture . . . [He] strikes a balance through reinforcing what the average reader is likely to be aware of and coming up with revelatory nuggets . . . stirring and passionate * Daily Express *
If we had lost the Battle of Britain, all that stood between us and a fascist future was the Home Guard, a Dad's Army of oldsters armed with broomsticks. Leo McKinstry's engrossing, forensic review of the evidence challenges that idea and exposes some myths along the way . . . McKinstry's admirable book sets the record straight * Daily Mail *
An enthralling story which confirms, should anyone still doubt it, that this really was our 'Finest Hour' * Mail on Sunday *
A pacey, readable history of Britain's resistance to the bogeyman across the Channel * The Spectator *
Fans of Leo McKinstry will know what to expect from his superbly written and gripping historical books and the unashamedly patriotic and unputdownable Operation Sealion . . . one of his best yet * Daily Express *
[A] fascinating, original study * Daily Mail *
Masterly narrative * BBC History Magazine *

You may also be interested in...

Spitfire
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Walls Have Ears
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Blitz Spirit
Added to basket
£16.99
Hardback
The Morning Gift
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Agent Zigzag
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
SAS Ghost Patrol
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Britain at Bay
Added to basket
£25.00
Hardback
SAS
Added to basket
SAS
£9.99
Paperback
Air Force Blue
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Operation Mincemeat
Added to basket
Chastise
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
MI9
Added to basket
MI9
£20.00   £10.00
Hardback
Operation Pedestal
Added to basket
£25.00
Hardback
Appeasing Hitler
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Codebreaking Sisters
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
Big Week
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback

“OPERATION SEALION BY LEO McKinstry”

An excellent and exciting account of one of the most important stages of WW2. It shows how Britain turned the escape from Dunkirk into a victory for the moral and fitting spirit of the country and motivated the whole... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 0

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.