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Does anybody know if there was/is any plans to use this book as the basis of a film?

Klf uk (talk) 21:53, 19 February 2017 (UTC) This has now been made into a 4 part mini-series by the BBC. See SS-GB (TV series)

5 part according to the online programme guide and the infobox at SS-GB (TV series). Martin of Sheffield (talk) 23:17, 19 February 2017 (UTC)

No longer a stub[edit]

I removed this reference at the bottom: "This article about an alternate history novel is a stub". The article is no longer a stub.


The article is a little too fawning (e.g. "the finest alternate history novel about WWII"), and engages in far too much speculation in the article about Deighton's choices. This is an encyclopedia article, not a review. Some of the discussion of this could go into a "Criticism" or "Analysis" section, at the very least; separate out the plot summary and make that the basis of the article. --Dhartung | Talk 08:54, 27 May 2006 (UTC)

I tried to make the needed changes, hope the result is satisfactory. Adam Keller 08:25, 12 June 2006 (UTC)

Archer's choice in working for the Police[edit]

It is made abundantly clear in the book that the Nazi authorities in SS-GB did not allow Metropolitan Police the freedom to choose their work, and even recalled recently retired officers back. I have modified the text to reflect this. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:28, 20 February 2008 (UTC)

Body of Plot Summary Deleted[edit]

The following was deleted in its entirety; it is not a Plot Summary - it is a series of notes and comments.

"The book provides relatively few details on how the Germans actually invaded and defeated the United Kingdom in Operation Sea Lion. However, Deighton posits that, after conquering the United Kingdom, Adolf Hitler did not invade the Soviet Union, at least not immediately. As a gesture of comradeship, Hitler permits the remains of Karl Marx to be disinterred from London's Highgate Cemetery for re-interment in Moscow.
"Other changes to history as we know it are the imprisonment of King George VI in the Tower of London under SS guard, until the British Resistance arranges for his escape; the execution of Winston Churchill by a Luftwaffe firing squad in Berlin after his capture; the establishment of a Vichy France-style puppet regime in the United Kingdom; and the operation of a Wehrmacht atomic bomb research station at Bringle Sands, a fictional British resort town.
"Heinrich Himmler, Reichsführer-SS, makes a brief appearance. Institutional conflict between the various organizations of the Nazi regime, particularly between the SS and the Wehrmacht, and the austerity and hopelessness of the United Kingdom under occupation, are major themes of the book.
"Deighton worked out in meticulous detail how various aspects of Nazi occupation, known from other countries, would have affected British society: The German Army quickly works out that a checkpoint near Trafalgar Square would halt much of the traffic in Central London; singer Vera Lynn continues keeping up the people's morale, also under occupation, and her song "We'll Meet Again" becomes associated with the British men and women taken to forced labour in Germany; when the Nazis commandeer the London public transport for a massive late-night campaign of arrests, Londoners remember it as "The Night of the Buses"; teachers and schoolchildren, taken off to concentration camps, keep up their spirits by singing "If you're happy and you know it clap your hands"; black market operators traffic in stolen Luftwaffe petrol coupons. Similarly, in the real timeline they trafficked in RAF coupons."

JTGILLICK (talk) 21:29, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

While you are right in the fact that the info presented wouldn't count as a plot summary, it can be used in a different section, but after being extensively edited.Zombie Hunter Smurf (talk) 23:41, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

Another use of "SSGB"[edit]

I think it's worth pointing out that "SSGB" is also used familiarly to refer to the Steam Ship Great Britain, the first iron-hulled screw-propelled liner, and at one time the world's largest ship, now preserved in the docks at Bristol, UK. Redcliffe maven (talk) 16:45, 22 November 2014 (UTC)