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  • Operation Sea Lion was Nazi Germany's plan to invade the United Kingdom during the Second World War, following the Fall of France. For any likelihood of success, however, the operation required both air and naval superiority over the English Channel, neither of which the Germans ever achieved during or after the Battle of Britain. Many historians and senior German military figures have concluded that Adolf Hitler never actually intended to invade England. The invading force was kept in readiness at ten days' notice throughout most of September but the date was put back to September 21, then the 24th, then the 27th. Hitler ordered limited dispersal on October 2. On October 12, Sealion was postponed until 1941. It was not until March 1942, that it was virtually abandoned by being put on a year's notice. Hitler had turned his attention to Russia.

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