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If Britain Had Fallen: The Real Nazi Occupation Plans [Paperback]

Norman Longmate
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19 Jan 2012
The question what if Germany had invaded the British Isles has long preoccupied writers, but none have dealt with the subject as comprehensively and effectively as Norman Longmate. Based on a classic television film of the same name, If Britain Had Fallen covers every phase of the subject, from the German pre-invasion manoeuvring and preparations, the landing of troops, to the German seizure of power. What follows is a fascinating contemplation of what it would have been like to live day to day under German occupation, creating a new reality that is thoroughly believable and thus all the more frightening. What would have happened to the King and the Government? Would America, Canada or Australia come to the rescue? Would the British people have come to accept the occupation? Would the deportation of friends, the flying of the swastika from Buckingham Palace incite passive compliance, or brave resistance? All these questions and more are explored to their full in this thought provoking and chilling pastiche of the centuries most enduring and darkest episodes. This is a classic book, with fresh material from Norman Longmate.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Frontline Books; First in This Edition edition (19 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848326475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848326477
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 15.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 402,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Longmate tackles the age-old 'what if' on this thought provoking, thrilling account of one of history's darkest episodes. - Military History Monthly This book will apeal to those who are fascinated by the whole Nazi era and what it might have meant for the UK. This was the grand-daddy of the type and is still very good indeed. - Military Modelling International

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If Britain Had Fallen covers every phase of the subject, from the German pre-invasion manoeuvring and preparations, the landing of troops, to the German seizure of power. What follows is a fascinating contemplation of what it would have been like to live day to day under German occupation, creating a new reality that is thoroughly believable and thus all the more frightening. Would America, Canada or Australia come to the rescue? Would the British people have come to accept the occupation? Would the deportation of friends, the flying of the swastika from Buckingham Palace incite passive compliance, or brave resistance? All these questions and more are explored to their full in this thought provoking and chilling book. This is a classic book, with fresh material from Norman Longmate.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Chilling Might Have Been 9 Jan 2005
Format:Paperback
The basic principal behind this book is to explore what might have happened if the German army had invaded in 1940.
The book is split into three parts, the first details the background of the situation as it was in the early summer and the plans the government was making to repel a potential invasion. We also see what preparations the Germans were making and how their plans shifted from an invasion along the East Coast to an invasion along the whole South Coast then down to the Essex/Kent coastal region.
In the middle section we have the most speculative part of the book, covering the invasion itself. By the nature of the book, Mr. Longmate has the Germans winning a substantial victory, with the RAF destroyed and most of the Royal Navy home fleet sunk. When operation Sealion is brought up on the soc.hist.what-if newsgroup the concensus of opinion is that if it had been attempted it would have failed horribly. The Royal Family had fled to the Bahamas (not Canada - the Canadian government could not accept having their king actually in the same country and it wouldn't have gone down well with their powerful neighbour to the south).
Despite Hitler's desire to take Churchill prisoner, Winnie and General Brooke went down fighting leaving no one to offer their surrender to the Germans. There is a rather stirring description of the Royal Family's retreat to exile, making one realise how much more patriotic the whole nation was then.
Although hardly less speculative in the specific detail, the final section of the book looks at how Britain would have felt under Nazi rule based on what happened in other occupied countries, in particular the Channel Islands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A chilling alternative history based on fact 19 Feb 2007
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This is an absorbing and chilling alternative history, a look at what Britain might have been like and how British people might have behaved if the Nazis had conquered the country. Its grounding in historical reality is what gives it an added edge - the first four chapters detail established historical events; only then does history change and fiction., albeit logically extrapolated, take over when the Nazis concentrate their firepower on destroying our radar stations and airbases rather than bombing our civilian cities, thereby removing the RAF from the equation. From then on, the Nazis have the upper hand, helped on by a dose of good fortune, and the Nazis conquer the south east and take London, Churchill bravely dying in a hail of bullets in the process. The remainder of the book details what might well have happened in an occupied Britain, based largely on what happened in the Channel Islands as the only part of the British Crown under enemy occupation (though with some differences to allow for the different sizes and populations, etc) and partly on what happened in other occupied countries. The result is a chilling depiction of what might have been, especially if the Nazis had carried out their threat to deport all British males between the ages of 17 and 45 (though it should be added they did not do this in any other occupied country, and only threatened to carry it out in the Channel Islands if the Islanders did not behave, instead deporting only those Islanders not born there). Well worth a read and very thought provoking; how thin are the margins between freedom and occupation - thank God for those radars and those pilots!
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4.0 out of 5 stars What if.......... 15 Mar 2006
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'If Britain had fallen' is a study in alternate history; namely, what would have happened had the war taken a different turn and the Nazis invaded the UK. The book is divided into two parts.
The first deals with a fictional scenario concerning the invasion - how the Battle of Britain was lost, the Royal Navy was unable to deny use of the Channel to the Germans, and the subsequent land invasion. If you watched and enjoyed the recent TV show 'The Real Dad's Army' you will find this extremely interesting as the content is very similar.
The second part is a study of what the German occupation would have been like. This is essentially an extrapolation from real history, based on knowledge of what happened both on the Channel Islands and Mainland Europe. Its is slightly dry in places but very informative.
In general, I thought this was an excellent book; it covers the subject in depth without getting bogged down in tiny details. Some parts of the 'story' Longmate invents, such as Churchill's last stand, are really quite emotive. It is only recently that the real "What if..." story can be fully told as some of the material relating to the county's defence remained classified for a long time. Also to many people who lived through those times, it was still almost heresy to suggest that we could ever have lost. Now that time has passed the subject can be examined more objectively.
In summary I thoroughly recommend it - it is a frightening look at how things could have happened. Although the war took a terrible toll on Britain, this book serves as a reminder that it could have been far worse. War is often remembered through geography, in place names telling us where battles were fought and atrocities committed. Think how different it would feel today if those names had been on British soil.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What if the Second World War panned out differently?
Counterfactual history is always a fascinating delve into what might have been. The story is even more compelling when the facts are presented well and the evidence is thorough. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars A start of a Dark Age.
Its disturbing to read what the Nazi had in store for the British people,a life of terror and slavery.Thank God for the R.A.F.and Navy.
Published 8 months ago by Dave alfred keats
3.0 out of 5 stars Counterfactual that occasionally gets carried away
This is an interesting one. The book is split into three parts. The first few chapters are strictly historical and deal with British plans to prepare for and defend against a... Read more
Published 15 months ago by History Geek
3.0 out of 5 stars Good reading
Data and other information contained is very complimentary and informative. Good reading and carefully centred around possible possibilities of what if situations.
Published 15 months ago by RONALD E.
5.0 out of 5 stars the definitive text, surely
Originally written in 1972, but with a few updates for this edition, this enthralling book must surely be the most comprehensive and authoratative text on the subject. Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2012 by Captain Kirk
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I liked this book. It reads well and carries a lot of good research although from a limited evidence base consisting mainy of the Channel Islands. Read more
Published on 13 July 2008 by Mr. C. Bennett
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