France 1940: Blitzkrieg in the West by Alan ShepperdFrance 1940: Blitzkrieg in the West by Alan Shepperd

France 1940: Blitzkrieg in the West

byAlan Shepperd

Paperback | May 24, 1990

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Osprey's Campaign title for France's defeat in the early period of World War II (1939-1945). The German victory of 1940 stunned the world. France, major European power and owner of the world's largest armies had fallen in less than seven weeks to the might of the German Wehrmacht. The secret of the Wehrmacht's success lay in its carefully thought out organization and the tactics of blitzkrieg. Fast moving tank divisions supported by armoured, mobile infantry swept over opposition, helped by both conventional bombers and deadly Stuka dive-bombers. Alan Shepperd's highly detailed text examines the tactics, organization and equipment of the Allied and German forces, and provides a daily account of the most crucial period of the battle.
Alan Shepperd was educated at Magdalen College School and the Royal Military Academy. He served with the British Army during WWII and was for many years Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.
Title:France 1940: Blitzkrieg in the WestFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 9.71 × 7.2 × 0.2 inPublished:May 24, 1990Publisher:Bloomsbury USA

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0850459583

ISBN - 13:9780850459586

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fair Not the best of the series by any means. Some of the accounts are good, but they are mostly centered around the 7th panzer. The infomation about the french is poor. Does not cover the fighting on the other portion of the front much. Overall not there best work.
Date published: 2003-06-23

Table of Contents

Background for War/The Opposing Commanders/The Opposing Armies/The Opposing Plans/The Battle for France/The Result/Chronology/A Guide to Further Reading/Wargaming France 1940

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The German victory of 1940 stunned the world. Concentrating on the decisive panzer blitzkrieg, Alan Shepperd charts the sequence of events from the forward movement of the Allies into Belgium and the devastating advance of the Germans through the Ardennes to the British evacuation from Dunkirk.