The Campaign in the West, 1940

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West Point, NY: U.S. Military Academy, 1942. [2]. 69, [1] pages. Wraps. 7 fold-out maps at the back. Underlining and marginal markings noted. Cover, especially the spine, has wear, soiling, tears and chips. Stamped name on front and back covers. Marked "Restricted". Staple bound, with some rust coloring aroung the staples at the front and rear covers. The text is marked as associated with particular maps. This account of the campaign in the West has been written for use in the instruction of cadets at the United States Military Academy. The sections related to land operations are based for the most part on Lord Gort's report and on material prepared by the Military Intelligence Service, War Department. The story of the Battle of Britain is based largely on published accounts. The Battle of France, also known as the Fall of France, was the German invasion of France and the Low Countries during the Second World War. In six weeks from 10 May 1940, German forces defeated Allied forces by mobile operations and conquered France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, bringing land operations on the Western Front to an end until 6 June 1944. Italy entered the war on 10 June 1940 and attempted an invasion of France. The German plan for the invasion consisted of two main operations. In Fall Gelb (Case Yellow), German armored units pushed through the Ardennes and then along the Somme valley, cutting off and surrounding the Allied units that had advanced into Belgium, to meet the expected German invasion. When British, Belgian and French forces were pushed back to the sea by the mobile and well-organized German operation, the British evacuated the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) and several French divisions from Dunkirk in Operation Dynamo. After the withdrawal of the BEF, the German forces began Fall Rot (Case Red) on 5 June. The sixty remaining French divisions made a determined resistance but were unable to overcome the German air superiority and armored mobility. German tanks outflanked the Maginot Line and pushed deep into France. German forces occupied Paris unopposed on 14 June after a chaotic period of flight of the French government that led to a collapse of the French army. German commanders met with French officials on 18 June with the goal of forcing the new French government to accept an armistice that amounted to surrender. On 22 June, the Second Armistice at Compiègne was signed by France and Germany, which resulted in a division of France, whereby Germany would occupy the north and west, Italy would control a small occupation zone in the south-east and an unoccupied zone in the south, the zone libre, would be governed by the officially neutral Vichy government led by Marshal Philippe Pétain. This led to the end of the French Third Republic. France was not liberated until the summer of 1944. 1945 reprint. Fair.


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