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Kaoschallenged Inactive Member20 Oct 2013 5:16 p.m. PST

This French Site has some great photos of some German invasion barges,


Kaoschallenged Inactive Member20 Oct 2013 7:07 p.m. PST

Direct link to them.

Streitax20 Oct 2013 7:22 p.m. PST

Equipped like that, what could possibly go wrong with Sea Lion? 5 kph wind perhaps?

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP21 Oct 2013 4:50 a.m. PST

Interesting, thanks!

Cuchulainn Inactive Member21 Oct 2013 6:23 a.m. PST

Those photos are all new to me, thanks very much for the link.

Kaoschallenged Inactive Member21 Oct 2013 4:42 p.m. PST

Most welcome. I wonder if anyone makes them. Robert

jgibbons21 Oct 2013 4:46 p.m. PST


Charlie 1221 Oct 2013 5:33 p.m. PST

Most of the invasion craft were converted Rhine River barges (not the most seaworthy of craft) and, to top it off, the majority were unpowered. The 'brilliant' idea was to TOW them (3 to each tug) across the Channel. To say Sealion was not Overlord is a slight understatement….

Dameon25 Oct 2013 6:41 p.m. PST

Wow I had no idea the barges were that… unsuitable. That and the plan to drive tanks underwater across the channel? Makes you wonder if the war might have been shorter if the Germans had actually tried to invade. It would have been a debacle!

Kaoschallenged Inactive Member25 Oct 2013 10:30 p.m. PST

The barges in the photos were not what I envisioned. Robert

Lewisgunner26 Oct 2013 7:53 a.m. PST

They were completely unsuitable and could only be loaded for a few hours a day. Propaganda photos were produced showing troops in them to rack up the pressure on the British, but they could only have functioned in fine weather with the Germans having air supremacy and the British fleet sunk and then only if paratroops had captured a port.

Kaoschallenged Inactive Member26 Oct 2013 2:04 p.m. PST

Here in Portland we ship alot of grain and they are brought up in barges. That is what always comes to mind for me. Robert




Etranger Inactive Member26 Oct 2013 2:20 p.m. PST

Lopping the bows off the barges to fit landing ramps didn't do much for their seaworthiness either.

KC they'd be bigger but essentially the same as the European river barges. Some more pictures here link

Kaoschallenged Inactive Member02 Nov 2013 2:40 p.m. PST

This would have been perhaps a little more useful? Robert



Etranger Inactive Member02 Nov 2013 8:24 p.m. PST

Yes but the Germans never had enough!

Kaoschallenged Inactive Member04 Nov 2013 2:30 a.m. PST

So very true and I bet they were kicking themselves for not having so.Here is another photo and some information about Sealion,



AuvergneWargamer07 Apr 2014 2:14 a.m. PST

Mes Amis,

Just came across these and many are new and very much detailed than the pictures I had seen before so thanks, belatedly for sharing them.

Kaoschallenged asked whether models of these are available. Frontline – link
– used to make them and I hope they still do. Nice models (20mm) and not very expensive.



Ethanjt21 Inactive Member07 Apr 2014 4:39 a.m. PST

German Soldier: "You want me to go where? In that? Really?"

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