Operation Sea lion;: The projected invasion of England in 1940, an account of the German preparations and the British countermeasures
by Fleming, Peter
Published by Simon and Schuster (1957) (Book Club Edition/Book of the Month Club)
presumed First, no previous editions stated.
Hardcover w/DJ Measures 9x6 inches Weighs 1 pound 10 ounces
Blue/Tan cloth boards have gold gilt lettering front. Spine has red text block and gleaming gold decoration within. Boards are solid and sturdy. Illustrated endpaper.
Pages are clean. Text is crisp. Illustrations (black and white photographs and drawn illustrations ) are clear and bright.
Former owner small label neatly affixed to 2nd leaf.
Boards have a lightening top edge (a bit of sunning)
DJ has many small tears and chips at the edges
Seconds Out of the Ring
Down, down, down. Would the fall never come to an end!
Lewis Carroll: Alice in Wonderland
ON 16 July 1940 Adolf Hitler, in his capacity as Chancellor of the
German Reich and Supreme Commander of its Armed Forces,
issued his Directive No. 16. It began:
As England, in spite of the hopelessness of her military position, has so far
shown herself unwilling to come to any compromise, I have decided to begin to
prepare for, and if necessary to carry out, an invasion of England.
This operation is dictated by the necessity of eliminating Great Britain as a
b a se from which the war against Germany can be fought, and if necessary the
island will be occupied.
I therefore issue the following orders . . .
These orders will be examined in detail at a later stage. For
the present it is enough to note that they required preparations for
the invasion (most of which had been put in hand a fortnight
earlier) to be completed by the middle of August, and that the code-
name Sea Lion was allotted to the operation.1 A brief account must
now be given of the principal events from which Hitler's decision
stemmed; their cumulative effect had placed his only remaining
adversary in a position which it was not unreasonable to describe
The Second World War, the shadow of whose imminence had
darkened life in Europe for the best part of two years, began at first
night on 1 September 1939 when, without warning or provocation...