Day of the Panzer:A Story of American Heroism and Sacrifice in Southern France Jeff Danby
Panzer IV vs Sherman:France 1944 Duel. 1. Auflage Steven J. Zaloga
Panzer IV vs Char B1 bis:France 1940 Steven J. Zaloga
Panzer IV vs Char B1 bis:France 1940 Duel. 1. Auflage Steven J. Zaloga
Panzers in Normandy:General Hans Eberbach and the German Defense of France, 1944 Stackpole Books Samuel W. , Jr. Mitcham
Whatever happens, the flame of French Resistance must not be extinguished and will not be extinguished. - General Charles de Gaulle, radio broadcast from London, June 18, 1940´´A great man? Why, he´s selfish, he´s arrogant, he thinks he´s the center of the universe...you´re right, he´s a great man!´´ - Winston Churchill on General Charles de GaulleThe French Army crumbled swiftly under the powerful blows delivered to it in 1940 by Nazi Germany´s confident Wehrmacht. Launching a massive feint into Belgium to lure mobile French armies and the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) away from the actual point of attack, the weakly protected Ardennes Forest, the Germans struck past the Maginot Line. In a lightning campaign, Heinz Guderian´s panzers punched through to the coast, dividing Allied forces with a steel cordon across France and forcing the evacuation of the BEF from the port of Dunkirk.French morale collapsed very quickly in the face of the Third Reich´s onslaught. The French population had not yet recovered from World War I´s immense bloodshed, and many French preferred surrender to a second decimation of their young men. Accordingly, the Germans seized the northern French territories directly, while permitting Marshal Petain, an elderly war hero and right-wing fanatic, to found a rump state centered on Vichy. History dubbed the quasi-independent client state´s government the Vichy Regime.Not all French people proved willing to surrender to the Nazi invaders, however. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colin Fluxman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/100566/bk_acx0_100566_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The French Army crumbled swiftly under the powerful blows delivered to it in 1940 by Adolf Hitler´s self-confident Wehrmacht. Launching a massive feint into Belgium to lure mobile French armies and the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) away from the actual point of attack, the weakly protected Ardennes Forest, the Germans struck past the Maginot Line. In a lightning campaign, Guderian´s panzers punched through to the coast, dividing Allied forces with a steel cordon across France and forcing the evacuation of the BEF from the port of Dunkirk. Not all French people proved willing to surrender to the Nazi invaders, however. While large numbers collaborated – working for German or Vichy companies to provide for themselves or their families – and some wholeheartedly backed the new regime out of opportunism, fascist conviction, or other motivations, a courageous minority operated in secret to resist their conquerors and the quisling state at Vichy: ´´De Gaulle described them as being bound together by a taste for risk and adventure [...] national pride sharpened by the suffering of their nation and ´an overwhelming confidence in the strength and cunning of their own plot´. [...] ´With him, it is [...] serving the Resistance and national honour, uncompromisingly demanding,´ wrote one. ´With him, we would have to get used to breathing the rarefied air of the summits.´´´ (Fenby, 2012, 109). The French Resistance never grew into a single unified organization. Rather, it remained divided in several major and numerous minor factions, each with their own philosophy and agenda. While these factions all shared the same goal – opposition to the Germans their Vichy pawns – they viewed each other with some suspicion and sometimes cooperated only grudgingly. During the war years, however, the Resistance kept the spirit of an independent and defiant France smoldering under the surface of Nazi domination, waiting for the opportunity to emerge again, 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Kollins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/074168/bk_acx0_074168_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A Bias for Action:The German 7th Panzer Division in France and Russia, 1940-1941 (Classic Reprint) Russel H. S. Stolfi
This book covers the development and deployment of artillery self-propelled guns in the German Army between 1939 and 1945. Rommel needed artillery guns that were capable of keeping up with his Panzers. He used these new weapons in North Africa and France against the Allies. They were also used on the Eastern Front to attack the Soviet Red Army.