Saturday, 18 August 2007

Operation Sea Lion by Fleming Peter

An account of the German and British experiences of the end of the Phoney war 1939 up until early 1941.
I enjoyed this one. An easy to read and an insightful account from someone involved at the time.
A few laugh out loud moments when he covers the "Brit" reactions - I am a Brit so I know we really are that daft sometimes.

A lot of food for thought in particular when he explores the sequence of events starting with accidental German air-strikes in London leading to retaliation (pretty ineffectively) against Berlin which in turn lead Hitler to leave off his systematic annihilation of Fighter commands command and control structure to concentrate on London raids.

Its quite possible without this that the Battle of Britain may have gone another way - although Brit naval superiority made a landing by Germany far from an easy proposition.

Makes you realise how history sometimes turns on small things.

Overall a good read. 3.5 out of 5

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