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The Battle of France

Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:45 am

After the German conquest of Poland in September 1939, Hitler turned his attention to the west. His ultimate goal was to invade the Soviet Union, but he knew the defeat of the Western European nations was a necessity to avoid a two-front war.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:47 am

The first step was to invade the Low Countries (The Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Belgium) and France. Hypothetically, Germany could then conquer Britain, re-deploy to the East, and fight a one-front war against the Russians.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:48 am

The German Army was actually outnumbered by the Allies. However, the numbers game didn’t matter because the German plan was so effective.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:50 am

Once the Germans invaded the Low Countries, the French Army, and British Expeditionary Force (BEF) moved north to face the Germans head-on.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:51 am

This allowed German Army Group A to cut through the Allied defenses in the Ardennes and advance towards the English Channel, effectively trapping them with their backs against the sea.

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