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Hitler on the doorstep : Operation Sea Lion : the German plan to invade Britain, 1940

Author: Egbert Kieser
Publisher: Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, ©1997.
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"During the summer of 1940, the world held its breath. The greatest operation in German military history thus far - an invasion of the British Isles - was Hitler's logical next step. After the rapid overthrow of France, Great Britain was the only opponent still left." "All Britain was convinced that the Germans would come. They had nothing left with which to oppose the German panzers. In only five weeks the Germans  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kieser, Egbert, 1928-
Hitler on the doorstep.
Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, ©1997
(OCoLC)632355388
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Egbert Kieser
ISBN: 1557503907 9781557503909
OCLC Number: 38090185
Description: 287 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: The phoney war (peace still has a chance) --
German Panzers on the Channel (a nightmare for the island) --
Broomsticks against paratroops (a home defence force is set up) --
Jews and Nazis in the same bag (the British intern everybody) --
Where to hide on an island? (the trauma of evacuation) --
Dunkirk, the defeat that was not (the British come up with a miracle) --
A powerful force (snipers that scared Goebbels) --
The let us plan (how Grobadmiral Raeder set off an avalanche) --
The French fleet plays coy (with or without Petain? for or against Hitler?) --
Churchill strikes (all that matters is survival) --
Ships, ferries, barges (the armada of the Kriegsmarine) --
Kriegsmarine and Heer at odds (where do we land?) --
Spies and secret services (this is where they failed) --
Hitler makes a 'peace offer' (an empty gesture) --
The United States remains neutral (with mixed feelings) --
The Luftwaffe begins the battle (the 'Channel Attack') --
The British warning system (the key to victory) --
The Royal Air Force (parsimony was its strategy) --
Dover suffers (the initial blows) --
'Eagle Day' (a near victory for the Luftwaffe) --
The attack on London (Goring throws away the final chance) --
Heer and Kriegsmarine are set (no jump across the Channel) --
The Royal Air Force gains the upper hand (London remains uncowed) --
Occupation of the Channel Islands (a taste of what might come) --
'Operation Sea Lion' is put to bed (until D-Day).
Other Titles: Unternehmen Seelöwe.
Responsibility: Egbert Kieser ; translated by Helmut Bögler.

Abstract:

"During the summer of 1940, the world held its breath. The greatest operation in German military history thus far - an invasion of the British Isles - was Hitler's logical next step. After the rapid overthrow of France, Great Britain was the only opponent still left." "All Britain was convinced that the Germans would come. They had nothing left with which to oppose the German panzers. In only five weeks the Germans had crushed France and expelled the BEF from Belgium. Now those panzers stood on the Channel coast, waiting for the order to send them to England." "But it was remarkably difficult for the German military leadership to come to a decision. The Luftwaffe was to create the primary condition for Operation 'Sea Lion' - gaining command of the air, without which a landing on the English coast was impossible. The fight developed into the 'Battle of Britain', in which the very existence of Great Britain was at stake." "Those events and the decisions made during Britain's nightmare summer of 1940 receive a fresh and penetrating analysis in this book. Most other books on the subject have been written from a British point of view. Now translated into English, it supplies a German angle - both stimulating and controversial - which will fuel the argument over Operation 'Sea Lion' for years to come. Egbert Kieser makes use of the very latest documentary evidence to assess the events of 1940 and to answer the vital questions - Why did they not come? If they had come, could they have succeeded? And - did Hitler ever really intend that they should come?"--BOOK JACKET.

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