Prequels and Originals

by Author | August 3rd, 2010

Had a busy few weeks moving on with the prequel, based around the 1940 campaign in France and the Low Countries and Dunkirk. A friend found an original book written by a serving officer at Dunkirk in an old book shop and sent it through to me. Annotated in the front that it was sent to a friend as a Christmas present in 1943, the book is a real gem. The terminology and prose are all contemporary and a give a very accurate picture of events, tactics and opinions from the time in question; very, very interesting and enlightening book.

Rather reassuringly, much of what I read confirmed that I have been on the right track with the prequel, and also with Seelowe Nord too. In many ways, the basics of British Military operational practice have changed very little over the last 70 years. New weapons and better communications, but essentially still the same ‘frictions of war’ as Clauswitz termed them. Reading this original book has really given me the spur to crack on with the prequel and get stuck into the detail of it. A brilliant find.

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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.