Lightning War: Blitzkrieg in the West, 1940
Wiley, 2003 - 388 pages
"So long as the English tongue survives, the word Dunkerque will be spoken with reverence. For in that harbor, in such a hell as never blazed on earth before, at the end of a lost battle, the rags and blemishes that have hidden the soul of democracy fell away. . . . This shining thing in the souls of free men Hitler cannot command, or stain, or conquer. . . . It is the great tradition of democracy. It is the future. It is victory."
-- The New York Times, June 1, 1940
In Lightning War, historian Ronald Powaski tells the dramatic story of the German defeat of the Allies in northern France and the Low Countries in 1940. This is the first book to cover the campaign as a whole, examining the issues from all sides-- those of the French, British, German, and other involved nations. From the Battle of the Meuse to the German drive to the English Channel, from the Weygand Plan to Operation Dynamo, Powaski relates the events through the eyes of the generals, politicians, and servicemen who witnessed and forever shaped history.
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The Germans concentrated their attack on the two battalions of Bruneau's heavy "
B" tanks, which were refueling at the time. Unable to move without fuel, many of
the French tanks were set on fire by their own crews before they ran off.
German air reconnaissance had told him that enemy motorized and tank columns
were heading toward his 1st Panzer Division. He ordered the immediate dispatch
of all available tanks and anti-tank units to meet them. If the French ...
By 9.00 A.m. on May 14, the counterattack of the French 4th Tank Battalion was
over. Although the battalion had fought bravely, it attacked in piecemeal fashion
without coordinating its movement with the 7th Battalion of tanks on its left, and as
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Chapter Two The Dyle Plan
Chapter Three The Manstein Plan
Chapter Four The Battle Begins May 1014
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