Operation Sealion is Cancelled a Second Time, Never to be Resumed

Although difficult on the civilian population, the Blitz gave the RAF a much-needed break.

Air bases and factories could be repaired and plane inventory could be replaced. With its increasing strength, the RAF continued to deal the Germans horrendous losses, until the Luftwaffe could no longer absorb the punishment. On October 12, Hitler officially canceled Operation Sea Lion and Great Britain emerged undefeated.

The Battle of Britain was launched in July 1940, first against fighter airfields, and later, from 1 September against London. On 16 July Hitler issued Fuhrer Directive No. 16 for preparations for a landing operation against England. Operation Sealion (as the landing in England was called) was then postponed on 17 September and cancelled on 12 October.