Armoured Warfare and the Fall of France: Rare Photographs by Anthony Tucker-Jones

By Anthony Tucker-Jones

At 21:00 on nine could 1940 Codeword Danzig used to be issued alerting Adolf Hitler’s airborne troops that they have been approximately to spearhead an assault on Belgium and the Netherlands. the next day to come his blitzkrieg rolled ahead notable the British Expeditionary strength and the French armies in Belgium and in northern France at Sedan. The determined makes an attempt of the allied armies to stem the Nazi tide proved futile and, as soon as their reserves have been exhausted and the remainder forces bring to a halt, Paris lay open. by means of early June, it used to be everywhere - trapped British, Belgian and French troops have been pressured to evacuate Dunkirk, Calais and Boulogne and the defeated French military agreed to an armistice leaving the rustic divided in . This dramatic tale is proven in a chain of over one hundred fifty historical pictures that Anthony Tucker-Jones he has chosen for this memorable publication. the pictures he has selected hide each element of this notable crusade, yet his major concentration is at the very important function performed by way of the armoured battling cars of either side. The e-book is a picture checklist of the destruction wrought by way of the Wehrmacht’s lightning offensive during the Low international locations and France.

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Sail on, O Union, strong and great! Humanity with all its fears, With all the hopes of future years, Is hanging breathless on thy fate! As ever yours, FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT The Grand Alliance These splendid lines from Longfellow’s “Building of the Ship” were an inspiration. 51 The Grand Alliance 52 It is not possible in a major war to divide military from political affairs. At the summit they are one. It is natural that soldiers should regard the military aspect as single and supreme, and even that they should speak of political considerations with a certain amount of disdain.

Coincidence is evident about the attitude of General Franco and Spain. 31 Dec. 40 The Grand Alliance Duce, … In examining the general situation I reach the following conclusions: 1. The war in the West is in itself won. A final violent effort is still necessary to crush England. In order to determine the manner of accomplishing this, we must weigh the factors which separate England from a complete collapse after the intensification of our air and submarine offensives will have produced their effect.

41 We must not overlook the decision we conveyed to General Wavell, that once Tobruk was taken the Greek- The Grand Alliance 61 Turkish situation must have priority. The advance to Benghazi is most desirable, and has been emphasised in later telegrams. Nevertheless, only forces which do not conflict with European needs can be employed. As the forecast is now that Benghazi cannot be captured till the end of February, it is necessary that this should be impressed upon General Wavell. For instance, the air support promised to Turkey cannot be delayed till then.

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