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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On May 23 Kluge suggested to Rundstedt that the panzers should "halt and close
up," a move that also would allow the Luftwaffe time to move its bases closer to
the panzers' area of operation. Kluge's argument made sense to Rundstedt.
Unlike the army and the navy, the Luftwaffe was the creation of the Nazi
movement: it was established as a separate branch of the armed forces soon
after Hitler came to power in 1933. Allowing the Luftwaffe to finish off the Allied
difficult, this port too is to be left to the Luftwaffe." In addition, to avoid restricting
the Luftwaffe's field of action, Hitler emphasized that it was essential to avoid
pressing the surrounded Allies too hard on the ground. General Halder was livid
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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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