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(9/12) Battlefield I: The Battle of France Episode 1 (GDH)

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Uploaded on Dec 13, 2008

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Videos Running Time 01:54:00 in 12 Parts

Battlefield: Fall of France


This episode of Battlefield chronicles the German triumph over French and British forces in France 1940.

After the fall of Poland, Denmark and Norway; British and French forces, on the Western Front, sat out the Phony War, behind their prepared defenses. One of the marvels of 20th Century technology, the Maginot Line, gave the French a false sense of Security. Unfortunately, for the French and British, they were led by perhaps the worst general and leader of World War II. General Maurice Gamelin led a disastrous campaign that fed right into the Germans plans.

On paper the French and British forces were impressive. French tanks were superior too many of the German models. The Char IB and S-35 were stand outs in the French arsenal. However, the French amour was dispersed among infantry units and handled with a complete emphasis on infantry support. The Germans doctrine, of Blitzkrieg emphasized concentration, breakthrough and exploitation of openings in the front with powerful armored forces. With Germans generals Manstein, Guderian, Rommel, Kleist and Hoth the French forces were completely outwitted.

The Fall of France proved to the world the brilliance of Blitzkrieg, German strategy and the weaknesses in the old military doctrine.

Enjoy this excellent episode of Battlefield.


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