When the Nazis invaded Filey coastline (From Filey Mercury) http://bit.ly/bLSP5K

by Phil Johnson | February 21st, 2010

When the Nazis invaded Filey coastline – Filey Mercury http://bit.ly/bLSP5K
Published Date: 20 February 2010

A FORMER soldier has plundered his imagination for a new book which sees the dark forces of Nazism descending on Filey Bay during a fictional Second World War invasion. Seelöwe Nord, written by former Coldstream Guardsman Andy Johnson, tells an alternative history of Operation Sealion – the proposed German invasion of Britain in 1940.

Much of the action in the novel takes place in and around Hunmanby Gap, Hunmanby itself and Speeton and Reighton.

Rather than invading the south as expected, Axis forces land on the east coast of Yorkshire between Scarborough and Skipsea.

The invasion also involves a parachute attack on RAF Driffield and a glider-borne assault against the gun batteries on Spurn Head.

A climactic final battle takes place near the Ouse in the vicinity of Church Fenton.

Filey Bay, Bridlington and Holme-on-Spalding Moor also become the settings for what Andy hopes readers will agree are spectacular battle sequences.

He said: “Readers familiar with this part of Yorkshire will be able to follow the action, quite literally, field by field, and the colourful language, black humour and sometimes absurd nature of battle will resonate with serving or former soldiers.

“The book contains a mixture of historical figures, such as Churchill, General Alan Brooke, and the German Commander of the SS Totenkopf Division, Theodor Eicke. There are also many fictional characters typical of the low-level soldiery from both sides.”

The book is certainly not a nostalgic trip down memory lane – there are graphic scenes of battle, strong language and descriptions of war crimes.

Andy was born in York and joined the Army at the age of 16. He served in the Coldstream Guards for 24 years, seeing service in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan before retiring in March last year as the unit’s Regimental Sergeant Major.

He was recently awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his service over the last quarter of a century.

l The book is available to buy or order from Waterstones in Scarborough or through Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk)

Twenty per cent of the profits are being donated to military charities including the Army Benevolent Fund and the Casualty Fund of the Coldstream Guards, to help to look after soldiers injured and maimed in recent conflicts.

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Seelöwe Nord is the online home of Andy Johnson, a war fiction novelist. Seelöwe Nord is a war novel that tells the alternative history of Operation Sealion, the proposed German invasion of Britain in 1940. Followed by Thunder in May, and the recently released Crucible of Fate, the trilogy of War Fiction remains a popular read within the genre.

Andy has also started to publish small Leadership and Management Booklets drawing from his extensive experience across many sectors and industries, both military and civilian, the first of which is entitled Captains of the Gate and is now available for download on eReaders directly from Amazon.