By Bevin Alexander
The males, the minds, and the army strategies of Nazi Germany that might problem the realm to conflict.
In 1940, as Nazi Germany unfold its wings of conflict, France stood safe within the wisdom that they possessed the most important, so much ambitious, and best-equipped military in Europe. France additionally had a stalwart best friend in Britain and the aid of Holland and Belgium. yet they have been all approximately to stand a brand new form of enemy who fought a brand new type of struggle.
during this ebook, specialist army strategist Bevin Alexander examines the groundbreaking martial options constructed by way of 3 superb generals- Erwin Rommel, Erich von Manstein, and Heinz Guderian. Their plan used to be to unharness the ability of the tank, grouping them into juggernauts that may slam into-and through-enemy strains, as airplane supported them and flooring forces swept in at the back of them. It used to be the Blitzkrieg. And it alerted the area that the lethal may well of Germany may possibly now not be ignored...
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General Walther von Brauchitsch, commander of the German army during the 1940 campaign in France. Schmundt realized that getting Hitler’s approval on February 2 was not enough. Manstein had not been heard from directly, and Schmundt felt he should have the chance to put his cards on the table, most especially to tell Hitler that the great bulk of Germany’s limited panzer and motorized Schnell Truppen, or fast troops, must be committed to this main effort and not dissipated among the separate armies, as the OKH planned to do.
Hitler marks a map while his German staff officers look on. CHAPTER 1 BREAKFAST AT HITLER’S It was one of the oddest get-togethers in World War II, a “working breakfast” of the German führer Adolf Hitler with five newly appointed army corps commanders and Erwin Rommel, just named chief of the new 7th Panzer (or Armored) Division. It was held on February 17, 1940, in Hitler’s quarters in the giant white New Reich Chancellery building in Berlin. There was no precedent or logic for such an event. Hitler didn’t customarily break bread with low-ranking generals or, for that matter, with high-ranking generals.
Shortly after the disaster had struck, General Maxime Weygand, newly appointed supreme commander, told French prime minister Paul Reynaud: “We have gone to war with a 1918 army against a German army of 1939. ” French and British leaders had simply slept through a revolution in warfare. The campaign in the West in 1940, in addition to being one of the most decisive in history, marked the greatest disparity of force between victor and vanquished that has ever been recorded, including the hitherto unsurpassed victories of Alexander the Great’s small Macedonian army over the vast hosts of the ancient Persian Empire.