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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Their "ardor for work, for training, and their desire to fight," he said, was
nonexistent. Their officers were not much better. Only 20 of the 71st Division's
450 officers were "active"; the rest were reservists. And reserve officers made
After crossing through the forest, Balck then ordered a combined frontal and flank
assault on La Horgne. The attack, with tanks and infantry, finally broke the back of
the French resistance by 6:00 P.M. By the end of the day, 27 Spahi officers ...
More than a few of Gort's own officers felt that his own mode of command left
much to be desired. General Bernard Montgomery, the brash and flamboyant
commander of the 3rd Infantry Division, described the command of the French
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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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