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on 29 September 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.