Myth, Reality and Hitler's Lightning War - France, 1940

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The German campaign in France and the Low Countries during the summer of 1940 was pivotal to Hitler's ambitions and fundamentally affected the course of the Second World War. In achieving in just six weeks what their fathers had failed to achieve in four years of the First World War, Germany altered the balance of power in Europe at a stroke. Having honed the Blitzkrieg technique in preceding engagements, the German forces provided Hitler with a swift, efficient and decisive military victory over the Allied forces in France. Yet, as Lloyd Clark shows in this enthralling new book, it was far from being a foregone conclusion - Hitler's plan could easily have failed had the enemy been slightly less inept and the Germans been slightly less fortunate. Blitzkrieg will tell the story of the campaign, while highlighting the key technologies, decisions and events that led to German success, and will detail the mistakes, good fortune and chronic weaknesses in their planning process and approach to war fighting. There are also compelling portraits of the officers who played key roles, including Heinz Guderian, Ewin Rommel, Kurt Student, Charles de Gaulle and Bernard Montgomery. Lloyd Clark reveals that far from the being undefeatable, the France 1940 campaign revealed Germany and its armed forces to be highly vulnerable - a fact dismissed by Hitler as he began to plan for his invasion of the Soviet Union - and offers a gripping reassessment of the myths that have built up around one of the Second World War's greatest military victories.
Publisher: London, Atlantic Books,, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2016.
ISBN: 9780857897329
Characteristics: xx, 457 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, maps ; 24 cm.


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Dec 03, 2016

This is a very good book that keep the reader's attention as it goes over a large amount of details. I've read a lot of WWII history and know much about this battle before, but never have I studied the finer details. It good to have a better understanding of the slow reactions of all the French forces and the reasons for it. Why the Germans were so successful against the divisions around Sedan. Why the Germans utterly dominated, even though the allies had better quality and quantity when it came to armored forces. Why did Germany dominate in the air to a much larger extent than the numbers would imply. Who knew Guderian was relieved of command 1/2 way though, only to be reinstated? How Rommel's tendency to gloat and embellish the facts impacted the strategic decisions made by the high command ("I was attacked by 5 divisions" instead of much smaller forces).

Anyway, a good book that keeps your attention.

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