- Jan 2015
- Front Lines of the Pig War
By comparison, do we consider the German naval operations of Weserübung in 1940 to be a Franco-British defeat?
It was a victory for the German Army, which completed the occupation without major casualties, but a clear defeat for the German navy, which took heavy casualties in an operation in its own backyard, and crippled it's capabilities so much that Sea lion and Ikarus were no longer possible. The loss of so many German cruisers and destroyers, plus the heavy damage to Scharnhorst, Gneisnau and Lutzow is something the German surface fleet never recovered from.
Had the Germans managed to sink significant British assets without taking many losses, they might have changed the balance of power