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Review: Invasion: The Alternative History of the German Invasion of England, July 1940

Invasion: The Alternative History of the German Invasion of England, July 1940Invasion: The Alternative History of the German Invasion of England, July 1940 by Kenneth Macksey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have had a fascination with World War II military and political history for many years, and one of the questions I’ve often pondered is what would have happened if Germany had proceeded with its planned invasion of Britain – Operation Sealion – as originally scheduled.

This book, an alternative history by Kenneth Macksey, explores that possibility in some detail. The result, presented as a “campaign history” sets out what might have been…if only things were slightly different.

By and large I enjoyed this book and the thinking behind it. Yet there were a number of dissonances in the writing style, or at least the supposed writing style, that jarred with me sufficiently enough to make the book just that little bit harder to read than I had hoped. That probably explains the three stars as opposed to four, and may not impact on another reader in a similar way.

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