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France in 1940: Tours of the Normandy Battlefields

Hitler's army had come to France in 1940 in a lightning campaign thta lasted six weeks during which they penetrated the French defences at the foot of the Ardennes and, leaving some of the infantry divisions behind, drove north towards the French coast.

The British Expeditionary Force under Lord Gort was pushed across the Channel with the loss of almost all its equipment: Dunkirk was but the first in a series of setbacks.

tours of the Normandy battlefields The capitulation of the French Army left Hitler and his Generals in a state of euphoria tempered with an indeterminate static nervousness unable to decide what to do next.

Guderian, forever the thinker and doer, had suggested and very nearly obtained approval for a thrust down through Spain to Gibraltar and into the French Colonies within North Africa.

The euphoria concealed immediately emerging cracks to which few dared to draw attention.

These cracks were in the German economy and illustrated the country's inability to exist without imports, food and what can only be classified as strategic war material.

There was only a small rolling stock industry for the railways and, surprisingly for a country that could later produce the best main-battle tank in the world, a motor-transport industry that was totally inadequate for the country's means.

However this is not to say that the army, for example, was not equipped to a high standard - it was. But the rate of attrition in battle and the expansion of the forces as a whole outpaced the abilities of every part of the war production industry. Perhaps, more curiously, Hitler seemed to have no long-term strategic plan for the prosecution of the war.




Academic Normandy battlefields tours of Arnhem and Market Garden, D Day tours, The Somme 1916, the Ardennes and Cassino All of Normandy 1944 and St Valery 1940 Calais, Boulogne and the retreat to Dunkirk 1940. Dieppe and Bruneval 1942 The Ardennes winter 1944 ( The Bulge) and May 1940,The Fall of France, Sedan 1940. The Somme,1916 Vimy Ridge, Ypres 1915-1917, Verdun and the Americans in the Argonne 1918.The Canadians along the North Coast to Antwerp Market Garden 1944 incl Nijmegen, Arnhem-Oosterbeek and Eindhoven Patton in Alsace-Lorraine to the Eagles Nest. The Franco Prussian War Rommel, the last act 1944. Berlin 1939-1945. Crete 1941 The Tunisian Campaign 1943 All of Italy 1943 - 1945 incl Salerno, Monte Cassino, Anzio, The Gothic Line A look at SOE. The Fall of Constantinople 1453

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