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by Author | June 2nd, 2010

Mr G R Whiting has just posted this very kind review of the novel on, giving it 5 stars, for which I am extremely grateful. I fully acknowledge his point about the lack of a map in the book however, which is why I am currently posting battle maps on this site. Anyway, the detail of the review is copied below for you to have a quick glance at: 

5.0 out of 5 stars Operation Sealion, by gum it’s grim oop north, 2 Jun 2010
By  Mr. G. R. WhitingSee all my reviews
This review is from: Seelöwe Nord: The Germans Are Coming (Paperback)

Andy Johnson is a retired professional soldier, and his experience and expertise shines through on every page. There is already a small number of fictional accounts of the proposed German invasion of the UK in 1940, Fall Seelowe, or Operation Sealion, but Andy Johnson has managed to create a credible new scenario, by shifting the invasion away from Kent and Sussex, northwards to the coast of Yorkshire. In researching his novel, he has obviously walked the ground and looked closely at the lie of the land so these accurate descriptions of the various locations chosen for the actions depicted brings a much appreciated credence to the whole account. Alternately shifting from groups of German soldiers to their British counterparts, this is no jingoistic tract, but a considered account of mainly infantry warfare up close and personal. Even the deliberations of both High Commands are included, and the portrait of General Alan Brooke is particularly good.
With any work of this nature, some supposition is necessary and the only major divergence is providing the German forces with dedicated Tank and indeed Infantry Landing Craft that they did not possess, but it’s such a good tale I’ll forgive Johnson that. In addition he borrows from the Pearl Harbour scenario, ( the US Carriers were absent and so escaped damage or destruction ) and here the RN’s carrier is absent from Scapa Flow, and so evades the U-Boat blockade.
Although I know the area of the action well, I still had to resort to my map collection to fully appreciate the action at times. The lack of maps in the book is the only lapse with which I can find fault. This is highly enjoyable and eminently readable account of a different take on Sealion. Highly recommended.

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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.