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Old 15-06-2014, 12:38 AM   #67
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In the Second World War, the Battle of France, also known as the Fall of France, was the successful German invasion of France and the Low Countries, beginning on 10 May 1940, defeating primarily French forces.. The battle consisted of 2 main OPerations.. In the first, Fall Gelb (Case Yellow), German armoured units pushed through the Ardennes to cut off and surround the Allied units that had advanced into Belgium. When British and adjacent French forces were pushed back to the sea by the highly mobile and well organized German operation, the British government decided to Evacuate the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) as well as several French divisions at Dunkirk in Operation Dynamo, also known as the Miracle of Dunkirk, was the evacuation of Allied soldiers from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk, France, between 27 May and 4 June 1940..In a speech to the House of Commons, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill called the events in France "a colossal military disaster",saying that "the whole root and core and brain of the British Army" had been stranded at Dunkirk and seemed about to perish or be captured.. In his We shall fight on the beaches speech on 4 June, he hailed their rescue as a "miracle of deliverance"..After the withdrawal of the BEF, Germany launched a second operation, Fall Rot (Case Red), which was commenced on 5 June 1940.. While the depleted French forces put up stiff initial resistance, German air superiority and armoured mobility overwhelmed the remaining French forces..On 22 June, an armistice was signed between France and Germany, which resulted in a division of France whereby Germany would occupy the north and west, Italy would control a small Italian occupation zone in the southeast, and an unoccupied zone, the zone libre, would be governed by the newly formed Vichy government led by Marshal Pétain. France remained under Axis occupation until the liberation of the country after the Allied landings in 1944..Germany's attack west was now planned to begin on 17 January 1940...43 However on 10 January, a German Messerschmitt Bf 108 made a forced landing outside the Belgian townof Mechelen-aan-de-Maas, north of Maastricht along the Meuse river, in what is referred to as the "Mechelen Incident". Among the occupants of the aircraft was Luftwaffe Major Hellmuth Reinberger, who was carrying a copy of the latest version of Aufmarschanweisung N°2. Reinberger was unable to destroy the documents, which quickly fell into the hands of the Belgian intelligence services..It has often been suggested that this incident was the cause of a drastic change in German plans, but this is incorrect; in fact, a reformulation of them on 30 January, Aufmarschanweisung N°3, Fall Gelb, conformed to the earlier versions..Just after the 1 September 1939 invasion of Poland, French soldiers advanced along the Maginot Line 5 km (3.1 mi) into the Saar which was called the Saar Offensive. France had employed 98 divisions (all but 28 of Them reserve or fortress formations) and 2,500 tanks against German forces consisting of 43 divisions (32 of them reserves)and no tanks... They advanced until they met the then thin and undermanned Siegfried Line..The French army would easily have been able to penetrate the mere screen of German forces present had they continued with the offensive, but they preferred to force the Germans into the offensive role and withdrew to Their own lines in October..

Upon arrival, Speer was informed by Hitler that he intended to take a tour of Paris in a few days and wanted the architect to accompany him. Speer remained in the village and joined Hitler and his entourage in a peasant's cottage on the evening of the formal end of hostilities between France and Germany. As the time of the armistice approached, 1:35 AM June 25, Hitler ordered the lights in the home turned out and the windows opened. Sitting silently in the darkness, Hitler and his entourage listened to a thunderstorm in the distance and to a bugler blowing the traditional signal for the end of fighting.. Hitler then ordered the light turned back on..3 days later, Speer accompanied Hitler as he flew in the early morning hours to an airfield near Paris.."Three days after the beginning of the armistice we landed at Le Bourget airfield. It was early in the morning, about 5-thirty..3 large Mercedes sedans stood waiting.. Hitler as usual sat in the front seat beside the chauffeur, Breker [a sculptor] and I on the jump seats behind him, while Giessler [an architect] and the adjutants occupied the rear seats.. Field-gray uniforms had been provided for us artists, so that we might fit into the military framework.. We drove through the extensive suburbs directly to the Opera, Charles Garnier's great neobaroque building. . . . It was Hitler's favorite and the first thing he wanted to see.. Colonel Speidel, assigned by the German Occupation Authority, was waiting at the Entrance for us..."I often considered whether we would not have to destroy Paris"... into them.. Spill their blood.. Shoot them in the tummo.. When you put your hand into a bunch O-f Goo that a moment before was your best friend's face, you'll know what to do...

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