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In June 1940, as German troops massed across the Channel, poised for the invasion of Britain, Hitler seemed ready for his greatest gamble. In this compelling alternate history the Germans actually launch the invasion. Landing between Dover and Hythe, German troops push inland, supported by the Luftwaffe and the panzers, and strike toward London. A classic and harrowing ins In June 1940, as German troops massed across the Channel, poised for the invasion of Britain, Hitler seemed ready for his greatest gamble. In this compelling alternate history the Germans actually launch the invasion. Landing between Dover and Hythe, German troops push inland, supported by the Luftwaffe and the panzers, and strike toward London. A classic and harrowing insight into how Britain's war might have gone.


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In June 1940, as German troops massed across the Channel, poised for the invasion of Britain, Hitler seemed ready for his greatest gamble. In this compelling alternate history the Germans actually launch the invasion. Landing between Dover and Hythe, German troops push inland, supported by the Luftwaffe and the panzers, and strike toward London. A classic and harrowing ins In June 1940, as German troops massed across the Channel, poised for the invasion of Britain, Hitler seemed ready for his greatest gamble. In this compelling alternate history the Germans actually launch the invasion. Landing between Dover and Hythe, German troops push inland, supported by the Luftwaffe and the panzers, and strike toward London. A classic and harrowing insight into how Britain's war might have gone.

30 review for Invasion: The Alternative History of the German Invasion of England, July 1940

  1. 5 out of 5

    Checkman

    A "What-If" account of the German invasion of England. It had been done before, but what set Invasion apart from it's predecessors is that Macksey researched both the German and English battle plans and then plays out the course of the battle. Macksey was a military historian first and foremost and a veteran of World War II having served with the British Army as an armor officer (tanks) for twenty-seven years (1941-1968). Macksey was decorated with the Military Cross in World War II. He brings an A "What-If" account of the German invasion of England. It had been done before, but what set Invasion apart from it's predecessors is that Macksey researched both the German and English battle plans and then plays out the course of the battle. Macksey was a military historian first and foremost and a veteran of World War II having served with the British Army as an armor officer (tanks) for twenty-seven years (1941-1968). Macksey was decorated with the Military Cross in World War II. He brings an air of authenticity to his writing. There is no individual heroics since it's a book about a military campign. For those who are interested in the nuts and bolts of a military campaign , even a fictional military campaign, then you'll enjoy this book. If you're more interested in an adventure novel with lots of heroic action (ala Harry Turtledove) then you'll find this book a bit on the dry side. Mr. Macksey's book is a very matter of fact view of the two sides and where they were in 1940. Not surprisingly the Germans are stronger and in this book Hitler determines to invade England and follows through on this decision. As a result the British give a good showing, but once the Germans get their panzer divisions on the island it's all a foregone conclusion though the matter is up for grabs in the first couple of days. It's an interesting book. So interesting that I've held onto my U.S. copy since receiving it as a gift in 1981. If nothing else "Invasion!" will make you realize that the Allies won the war thanks ,to a large degree, simply because of luck.

  2. 5 out of 5

    J.

    This is not a thriller. It's not action-packed or full of suspense. What it is, is a plausible scenario where Germany could have invaded England in early summer of 1940 and, while they might not have overrun the islands and won the war in a stroke, they might have forced the signing of a nonaggression pact, guarding their backsides and preventing the total collapse that actually occurred in 1945. If you like what-if scenarios, some heavy thinking, and reasoned battle analyses and campaign histori This is not a thriller. It's not action-packed or full of suspense. What it is, is a plausible scenario where Germany could have invaded England in early summer of 1940 and, while they might not have overrun the islands and won the war in a stroke, they might have forced the signing of a nonaggression pact, guarding their backsides and preventing the total collapse that actually occurred in 1945. If you like what-if scenarios, some heavy thinking, and reasoned battle analyses and campaign histories, you'll love this. If you're looking for something lighter, you'll be disappointed.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Doohan

    I have had a fascination with World War II military and political history for many years, and one of the questions I've often pondered is what would have happened if Germany had proceeded with its planned invasion of Britain - Operation Sealion - as originally scheduled. This book, an alternative history by Kenneth Macksey, explores that possibility in some detail. The result, presented as a "campaign history" sets out what might have been...if only things were slightly different. By and large I e I have had a fascination with World War II military and political history for many years, and one of the questions I've often pondered is what would have happened if Germany had proceeded with its planned invasion of Britain - Operation Sealion - as originally scheduled. This book, an alternative history by Kenneth Macksey, explores that possibility in some detail. The result, presented as a "campaign history" sets out what might have been...if only things were slightly different. By and large I enjoyed this book and the thinking behind it. Yet there were a number of dissonances in the writing style, or at least the supposed writing style, that jarred with me sufficiently enough to make the book just that little bit harder to read than I had hoped. That probably explains the three stars as opposed to four, and may not impact on another reader in a similar way.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Griffiths

    A fair read A fair read that covers the major points of a speculative operation sea lion. A little chop and change in its narrative but otherwise fine. Honestly it gives much prestige to the forces of Germany and perhaps not enough credit to the fighting spirit of the British armed forces with the end coming perhaps too soon than reality may have produced, though given the overall length of the book this has perhaps been done to bring the book to a conclusion.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jmg

    Thoroughly researched but pretty dry - I really wanted this to be a stimulating, adventurous counter-strike but it was actually hard work by the end. Not as stimulating as it could have been.

  6. 4 out of 5

    David Warburton

    Made a nice change from my usual syfi books. Enjoyed the book and would read more of the same type of topic.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Robert Drumheller

    The author presented evidence available during July 1940 to support the book. The book was very easy to read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    George Nap

    3.5 to 4 stars, entertaining, but a lot of conjecture without background. Some of the premises are not explained in detail. An interesting read on an obscure subject.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Raymond Thomas

    These books are pretty hit and miss. This one is ok, but frankly its a bit questionable how well everything goes for the Nazis, who essentially invade the whole of England with little to no resistance by the Royal Navy. Throughout the counterfactual the English military elite repeat all of the same mistakes they made in France and learn essentially nothing from the experience. I understand that the British had very limited resources at the time and may not been able to put up as much resistance These books are pretty hit and miss. This one is ok, but frankly its a bit questionable how well everything goes for the Nazis, who essentially invade the whole of England with little to no resistance by the Royal Navy. Throughout the counterfactual the English military elite repeat all of the same mistakes they made in France and learn essentially nothing from the experience. I understand that the British had very limited resources at the time and may not been able to put up as much resistance as they would have months later, but everything just goes the Nazi's way with little set backs. It would be nice to read a counterfactual that doesn't simply fall into the tired theme of taking everything to the logical extreme. It would be interesting a see someone tackle the issue with a real thought for how this would change history, or how it might play out other than "Nazi's ruin England just as quickly as everywhere else and do as they want." Sadly I doubt I'll find many of those, it would just be nice to see some middle ground between 1) here's how it played out in our timeline and 2) here's what would happen if everything went basically perfectly for the Nazis

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    A hard core alternative history book that reads like it ought to have come out of a manila file folder stolen from MI5. Certainly lends an interesting perspective into one of the many "Why Not?" questions about WW II. A hard core alternative history book that reads like it ought to have come out of a manila file folder stolen from MI5. Certainly lends an interesting perspective into one of the many "Why Not?" questions about WW II.

  11. 5 out of 5

    DenisT

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dave Piper

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Pruett

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jimmy

  15. 4 out of 5

    Yangtze

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jason Laque

  17. 4 out of 5

    Steve Henthorn

  18. 4 out of 5

    paul smith

  19. 4 out of 5

    Scott

  20. 4 out of 5

    Pat

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  22. 4 out of 5

    David Edwards

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dr J M Roberts

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brady H.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Curt

  26. 4 out of 5

    stephen Osmond

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chris Boraston

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stewart Black

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joe Palmer

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