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In the spring of 1940, the Germans launched a military offensive in France and the Low Countries that married superb intelligence, the latest military thinking, and new technology. It was a stunning victory, altering the balance of power in Europe in one stroke, and convincing the entire world that the Nazi war machine was unstoppable. But as Lloyd Clark, a leading British military historian and academic, argues, much of our understanding of this victory, and blitzkrieg itself, is based on myth.
Far from being a foregone conclusion, Hitler's plan could easily have failed had the Allies been even slightly less inept or the Germans less fortunate. The Germans recognized that success depended not only on surprise, but on avoiding being drawn into a protracted struggle for which they were not prepared. And while speed was essential, 90% of Germany's ground forces were still reliant on horses, bicycles, and their own feet for transportation. There was a real fear of defeat. Their surprise victory proved the apex of their achievement; far from being undefeatable, the France 1940 campaign revealed Germany and its armed forces to be highly vulnerable.
©2016 Lloyd Clark (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By notorious24 on 04-28-17

Great analysis

Clark's analysis pushes past the normal quick, easy conclusions about the France 1940 campaign and develops a nuanced view of the downfall of a great power. The analysis was punctuated by accounts from the time that underscored the leaders views as events unfolded. Overall, very good read.

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By Arthur on 03-15-17

Very good and detailed about the Fall of France

There are countless of books in the American English book market about the three days of the Battle of Gettysburg (and I have read many), but I have been searching for years to find a good detailed book about the Fall of France during WW2 - which consisted of over a month of continuous fighting.

Almost all books that cover the Fall of France are written from the British point of view and basically just cover the evacuation of Dunkirk as if that is the only consequential event - and leave many questions such as how did the allies lose when they had superior equipment.

Fortunately, this book did cover the military operations in the deep detail that I have been looking for all these years. I finally have a much better understanding of what actually happened during this battle. As such, I am giving this book 5 stars - not saying that there aren't better books on this subject, but I haven't found them yet.

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