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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For example, Corap's 9th Army was expected to defend a front 65 miles long,
bordering Belgium's Ardennes Forest. According to French military doctrine, a
division was expected to defend no more than four miles of front. Each of Corap's
Near Vocedee, three miles east of Philippeville, Rommel had a brief engagement
with several French tanks. "The French ceased fire," he remembered, "and were
fetched out of their tanks one by one by our men. Some fifteen French tanks fell ...
The next day, Bruche's division was ordered to Signy, about ten miles west of the
Meuse at Charleville-Mezieres. However, before its tanks could complete their
detraining at the Hirson railway station, the 6th Panzer Division attacked them.
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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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