30 Dec '16, 2pm

Battle Tactics 1 - Hammer and Anvil

5. FALL GELB 1940 :INDIRECT APPROACH + PENETRATION OF THE CENTER Probably the classic maneuvre campaign of modern military history .The french plan relied on a Defensive offense which failed.Exhaust the enemy on he impenetrable Maginot line and a series of river line defensive fronts stretching from france into Belgium,build up resources and eventually go on the offensive -in a repeat of what had worked in world war one.The french expected a repeat of 1914 german schliffen plan,which envisaged a huge hook maneuver invading through the low countries and sweeping into france from the coast and behind Paris which almost succeeded.As the first map shows the deployment of forces,this time the main effort was to be in the centre led by Rundstedt's Army group A and spearheaded by Kleist's Panzer Group (containing 7 out of 10 of germany's panzer divisions).The Northern army group ...

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