In 1940 Britain faced its biggest threat since the Spanish Armada. Hitler's invasion plans were in full swing and Britain had to quickly assemble a secret resistance force. This compelling study reveals the intentions of both side, from Hitler's strategies for Operation Sea Lion and subsequent occupation, to Britain's secret plans for resistance. German decrees show that the occupation would have been severe, with mass deportation for all able-bodied men as well as widespread arrests, as revealed in the notorious Gestapo Arrest List. In telling this story Lampe relates one of World War II's best kept secrets and offers insight into what would have been a brutal future.
DAVID LAMPE was born in Maryland, USA in 1923. During the Second World War he served with the US armed forces in Europe. Discharged from the USAF in 1952, Lampe stayed in Britain and worked as a writer. GARY SHEFFIELD is a Professor of War Studies at the University of Birmingham.