Operation Sea Lion

plan for invasion

Operation Sea Lion (German: Unternehmen Seelöwe) was the plan to invade the United Kingdom by Nazi Germany during World War II. However, Germany first had to control the sky and sea of the English Channel before a land invasion.

The German plan

With the German Navy weakened during the German invasion of Norway and the Luftwaffe defeated at the Battle of Britain,the invasion was put off on 17 September 1940 and so never happened.[1]

Some historians think Germany could have invaded Great Britain with exploitation of friendly countries and unity within the German military. Most historians however believe that the German plans would have had little chance of success.[2]

References change

  1. David Shears, "Hitler’s D-Day", MHQ, vol. 6 Number 4 (Summer 1994)
  2. McCanne, Col randy (30 August 2002). "OPERATION SEA LION: A JOINT CRITICAL ANALYSIS" (PDF). apps.dtic.mil. Retrieved 8 February 2024.