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(NAVAL INTELLIGENCE.) ASSMANN, Kurt.

Plans for the Invasion of England 1940. The German Navy's Part.

N.I.D. 24/GHS/1

London, Naval Intelligence 1947 Stock Code: 129940
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First edition, signed by Admiral Sir Edward Parry on the first page, in his role as Director of Naval Intelligence. A scarce restricted government publication with 180 copies on the distribution list, 4 locations on OCLC and none on Copac. This is a comprehensive report on the Nazi Operation "Sealion", the planned German naval invasion of Britain that Hitler had intended to coincide with the Battle of Britain, written by former Vice-Admiral Kurt Assmann, who had been head of the German Naval archives during the Second World War.
This document shows plans for an invasion that never happened and, as such, alongside details of the proposed landings it analyses the reasons why they never happened. Hitler, apparently, was very set on the marine invasion and had to be convinced that it was not a sensible course of action. Though, in 1943, he still regretted "having been talked out of Sealion by the navy in the Autumn of 1940" (p. 80).

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Description

Foolscap typescript 85 pp. In original green cloth backed light-green boards, title to front cover.

Illustrations

1 map of the proposed German landing spots.

Condition

Spine and extremities a little rubbed, cloth a little torn at top and bottom, some peeling to boards at top and botom and light cockling at at front board. Remains a very good copy.

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