Fall Gelb 1940 (1)
Panzer breakthrough in the West
Author: Doug Dildy
Illustrator: Peter Dennis
This 96 page paperback book is number 264 in the Campaign Series of books available from Osprey Publishing.
Never in the history of warfare has the clash between such great and apparently equal forces been decided so swiftly and conclusively as the German conquest of France and the Low Countries in May and June of 1940.
Not deigning to spend itself against the extensive fortifications of France’s Maginot Lines, Hitler’s Wehrmacht planned to advance 136 of 157 divisions, through Belgium and northern France in order to destroy the Allied forces there and gain territory from which to prosecute continued combat operations against France and England.
Beginning on 10 May 1940, this title follows the fortunes of Heeresgruppe A as its three Panzer Korps moved stealthily through the dark, hilly, and thickly forested Ardennes in southern Belgium before forcing a passage across the river Meuse and racing through France to the Channel. This was one of the most daring campaigns in history.
The Contents of this book are;
- Origins of the campaign
- Opposing commanders
- Opposing plans
- Opposing forces
- The campaign
- The battlefields today
- Further reading
This is an excellent book for the historian, modeler, and wargamer. The historian and wargamer will enjoy the detailed information provided from cover to cover. The modeler will enjoy the historical information and all the photographs that can provide them with ideas for vignettes.