The Battle of France

Overview

  • Provocative look at the battle for France in May and June 1940
  • Explains how the French were caught off guard, how the Germans swept into the country, and how the British battled the blitzkrieg
  • Recounts the evacuation at Dunkirk
  • Shows how the fall of France changed the course of World War II
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Overview

  • Provocative look at the battle for France in May and June 1940
  • Explains how the French were caught off guard, how the Germans swept into the country, and how the British battled the blitzkrieg
  • Recounts the evacuation at Dunkirk
  • Shows how the fall of France changed the course of World War II
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811709996
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 950,011
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Philip Warner was a senior lecturer at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and also wrote Alamein (978-1-84415-639-9).
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Chronology viii

Part I The Preliminaries

1 The Seeds of Destruction 3

2 Decade of Illusion 8

3 The Armour of War 19

4 The Surprise That Should Never Have Been 29

Part II The Action

5 Prelude to the French Invasion 47

6 The Masterstroke 60

7 Rumour and Reality 70

8 Battle in the Skies 77

9 Emergence of a Leader 83

10 Pawns Against the Panzers 93

11 View from the Battlefield 106

12 The Sweep to the Channel Ports 122

13 Halt Before Dunkirk 129

14 The Battles for Calais and Boulogne 140

15 Evacuation at Dunkirk 158

16 Rearguard Action 174

17 View from the War Room 187

18 Personal Initiatives 194

19 The Forgotten Evacuations 207

20 The Final Moves 223

Part III The Results

21 Hindsight 233

22 The Invasion Which Might Have Been 242

23 After the Fall 245

Appendix: Forces Involved in the Battle of France 251

Select Bibliography 266

Index 269

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  • Posted February 12, 2012

    highly recommended for the WW11 reader

    This book tells you that the largest army is not necessarily the best army.The French army was large in man opower but not well trained. The leaders were more out for glory. The German army wasn't as large but was well trained. Its leaders were more interested in winning battles, with the glory coming later.

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