The Invasion of Poland to the Fall of France

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The Invasion of Poland to the Fall of France

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A fascinating study of the devastating new form of warfare that redrew the map of Europe in the opening year of World War II, bringing about the military collapse of three modern industrialized armies.

On 1 September 1939, Nazi Germany launched the invasion of Poland, employing a new type of offensive warfare: Blitzkrieg. Based on speed, maneuverability, and concentration of firepower, the strategy saw startling success as the panzer divisions, supported by Stuka dive-bombers spread terror and mayhem, reaching Warsaw in just one week; the campaign was over by early October. This was followed by Operation Weserübung, the invasion of Denmark and then Norway in 1940, the first joint air-sea-land campaign in the history of warfare.

Even more striking an achievement was the swift and conclusive defeat of France in 1940. Refusing to let its forces dash themselves against the fortifications of the Maginot Line, Germany instead sent its divisions through neutral Belgium and northern France, destroying Allied resistance and pursuing the remnant of the British and French forces to Dunkirk in an audacious and devastatingly effective assault.

Though the dominance of the Blitzkrieg method was to be challenged in the latter part of the war, as Allied forces found methods of disrupting the attacks and dominating the battlefields, its unparalleled success in the early years of the conflict brought Europe to its knees.

Illustrated throughout with detailed maps and contemporary photographs, Blitzkrieg: The Invasion of Poland to the Fall of France tells the story of these first breakneck attacks, analyzing the technology, planning, and execution as well as the challenges faced by the Germans in the pursuit of this new and deadly form of warfare.

Table of Contents

1: The Autumn 1939 Polish Campaign
2: The Spring 1940 Campaigns in Denmark and Norway
3: The Spring 1940 Western Campaign:
- Phase One: The Charge to the Sea (10–20 May 1940)
- Phase Two: End-Game in the West (21 May – 25 June 1940)
Further Reading

Product details

Published Sep 07 2021
Format Hardback
Edition 1st
Extent 304
ISBN 9781472847874
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Full colour throughout
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

Volume Editor

Stephen A. Hart

Dr Stephen A Hart is senior lecturer in the War St…

Volume Editor

Russell Hart

Dr Russell A. Hart is Professor of History and Dir…


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