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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In addition, Guderian argued, the full potential of the Allied tanks was sacrificed
by yoking them to the much more slowly moving infantry troops and horse-drawn
artillery. Moreover, the Allies had used the wrong tanks — thinly armored infantry
Tanks, half-tracks, and mechanized artillery crammed every road and gully. The
noise from their engines filled the valley for miles. One officer, General Charles
Menu, wrote later that if the artillery had mounted a full-scale, concerted blow at ...
In their wake, the fleeing soldiers left behind ration and ammunition wagons,
infantry weapon carriers, horses, motor vehicles, and, most importantly, their
artillery. General Lafontaine later blamed the panic on the fact that the division
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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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