Video: British anti-invasion preparations of World War II | Wikipedia audio article

Video: British anti-invasion preparations of World War II | Wikipedia audio article

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00:01:01 1 Political and military background
00:04:03 2 British armed forces
00:04:13 2.1 British Army
00:09:25 2.2 Home Guard
00:12:42 2.3 Royal Air Force
00:15:22 2.4 Royal Navy
00:17:54 3 Field fortifications
00:21:12 3.1 Coastal crust
00:25:19 3.2 Lines and islands
00:32:51 3.3 Airfields and open areas
00:35:19 3.4 Hardened field defences
00:37:30 4 Other defensive measures
00:44:25 5 Guns, petroleum and poison
00:49:45 6 Deception and disinformation
00:53:29 7 Planned resistance
00:56:52 8 Offensive anti-invasion operations
01:00:26 9 The threat recedes
01:03:40 10 Effectiveness
01:08:58 11 See also

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British anti-invasion preparations of the Second World War entailed a large-scale division of military and civilian mobilisation in response to the threat of invasion by German armed forces in 1940 and 1941. The British army needed to recover from the defeat of the British Expeditionary Force in France, and 1.5 million men were enrolled as part-time soldiers in the Home Guard. The rapid construction of field fortifications transformed much of the United Kingdom, especially southern England, into a prepared battlefield. The German invasion plan, Operation Sea Lion, was never taken beyond the preliminary assembly of forces. Today, little remains of Britain’s anti-invasion preparations; only reinforced concrete structures such as pillboxes and anti-tank cubes are commonly found.


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