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German Invasion Plans for the British Isles, 1940 Hardcover – 1 Sep 2007


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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: The Bodleian Library; First as Such edition (1 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851243569
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851243563
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.5 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'I have decided to prepare a landing operation against England, and if necessary to carry it out.' Adolf Hitler, 16 July 1940

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Can O'Zebra on 10 Jan 2008
I have to agree with Jonesy's review of this book.
The title made me think of the arrows from the Dad's Army intro sweeping inland toward London from the south coast and details of where the Panzers would be concentrated, instead I got information about the various types of road surfacing and the percentage of goods carried by canal.

A more apt title for this book would be "Dull statistics of the British Isles, 1940". German invasion plans? Who do you think you are kidding Mr. Bodleian Library?
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Michael on 29 Sep 2007
Now, when i saw this book sitting on the shelf in Waterstones, the title triggered visions of detailed plans of possible troop movements, pinpointed landing sites, logistical data and generals drawing arrows on maps. I foresaw this as a long-awaited, unabridged copy of the invasion plans for Great Britain as seen by Hitler and his war cabinet in 1940.
However, it was much to my consternation when i read through this book and discovered that it is actually not plans at all, but more of a collection of pre-war data about Great Brtain; even a travel guide, if you will.
The book, broken down into 3 parts; Analysis and vital statistics, Strategic and military assessment, and Military and geographical phrases, is very intersting and features some fascinating photos of Britain before the war, but nowhere is there printed a single sentence that suggests what the German high command planned to do on the ground. The Wehrmacht, Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe are given no mention, and the logistical feasibility of implementing a sea-bourne invasion is not brought into question.
One can almost see this text being handed to German field-officers as a form of guide book to Britain, and what to expect in terms of infra-structure and population distribution, prior to an invasion.
I have to admit that i am disappointed overall, and feel almost cheated by the title. It seems a little too much hype went into the naming of this book.

Michael Jones
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Pacman on 28 Jan 2008
This was a dull unenlightening read...to the historian researching WWII from a german perspective it is probably deeply intriging, but as a read unto itself i wouldn't bother. I have read others in this series of reprint and found them interesting, but this simply looks better than it is.
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Interesting Nazi view of wartime UK. Good read for anyone interested in this period of the war. WW 2 buffs
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. B. Allen on 6 Jun 2010
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I bought this book for a friend having read it myself previously.

A very serious document but nevertheless amusing in the way that the Germans thought of us as people. References to the 'class' system, with the poorest people not only being poor but filthy and ignorant to boot.

The book runs into much detail as to where cover could be found during fighting and the best parts of the country to obtain food and supplies. Somehow don't think Wales was too popular, not only from the point of view of mountains but also the general lack of food sources.

Great many statistics regarding population and industry, not quite certain how accurate it might have been? Also maps of certain areas highlighting the positions of factories and other places of strategic interest.

An interesting little volume, makes me wonder what we might have written if the same thing had been written by us about the Germans.
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Interesting and detailed booklet that covers what nazi Germany clearly thought were essential bits of info. Unfortunately, the title is a little bit misleading as aside from some brief mentions of Wales, this is very specifically an invasion guide for England alone. The actual invasion plans cover each section of England from Dover to the scottish border, mentions Cardiff, then stops. If you wanted to know their plans for NI or Scotland or the Channel Islands, or Eire which is geographically in the 'british isles' the is not the book for you.
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By Graham Evans on 28 Jun 2013
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Perhaps not exactly what I had in mind, but I liked the book, and it filled a hole in my research on Operation Sealion.
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