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Invasion 1940: The Nazi Invasion Plan for Britain by SS General Walter Schellenberg Paperback – March 1, 2001

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Bizarrely for a nation that in many respects was remarkably similar for us, they [the handbook] completely misunderstood the British Norman Stone INVASION 1940 makes for compulsive reading, rather as if one had unearthed a confidential report on oneself. DAILY TELEGRAPH

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In August 1940, in compliance with the Führer¹s directive on the imminent invasion of Britain, the Gestapo prepared a secret handbook to be distributed to the occupation forces. It offered an astonishing insight into exactly how the Nazis perceived Britain and her empire, offering detailed analyses of the political and economic structure of the country, with chapters covering everything from Parliament and public schools to freemasonry and the Boy Scouts. The chapter on British Intelligence was considered so embarrassingly accurate that the few copies retrieved at the end of the war were retained by the authorities. It is only now, more than half a century later, that a translation has been made, revealing the full and remarkable truth.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group (March 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953615138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953615131
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 4.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,586,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dr. Robert B. Lynch on November 19, 2008
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This book is incorrectly titled "Invasion 1940." The book is a handbook for occupation forces after the invasion. It nowhere purports to be an invasion plan.
This book was not compiled by "SS Police." Walther Schellenberg was an SS Surmbannfuhrer (Major) at the time of the compilation of the book. He was a Dept. Head in the SD (Security Service) He was promoted Brigadefuhrer und Generalmajor (Major General)in 1944.
Schellenberg was an attorney and like so many unemployed professionals joined the elite SS. He was noticed by SD Chief Heydrich ( combat fighter pilot (Norway), olympic grade fencer and concert hall level violinist). Heydrich always sought the brightest men for the SD. Schellenberg although known to the top level leaders of the Third Reich was unknown to the public.
As an Academy graduate, retired Army officer and retired attorney/judge I see the lawyers hand in this book. While the book is a summary of of an entire nation there is a noticeable economy of words. The organization of data is superb. This is NOT a book for the casual history reader. For the historian, especially those who ponder alternate history it is a goldmine!
Schellenberg was not just an intellectual he was a man of action and personal bravery in that he personally engaged in a gun battle with British agents in Holland and brought them as prisoners to Germany. For that action he was awarded the Iron Cross 1st Class.
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The main reason I purchased this book (used) was because my father appears in the "Special Wanted List". Considering all the other names of notable persons it should be a honor at this time. Not so much so during the 1940th.
Historically, it too is very interesting and worth every minute.
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The prose can get dry in places, but that's understandable considering it was translated from German. The accuracy and detail with which the Germans had analyzed British government and society is breathtaking. They would have been well-prepared if they had ever invaded. This book is a fascinating piece of history that belongs in every World War II history buff's collection.
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This book isn't for someone who expects a quick read. It was put together with typical Nazi zealousness by SS officer Walter Schellenberg. It was purportedly for the troops going into Britain for Operation Sealion. It wouldn't have been much use for the average soldier, but rather the administrators that would run a German-held Britain. It's most unsettling portion is the "Special Wanted List GB," which contained the names of many people the Gestapo would want arrested. Many famous names are included, such as Winston Churchill and H.G. Wells.
If you are a student of history, and would want to know what the Nazis would have done in Britain, give this book a read.
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