Strange Victory: Hitler's Conquest of France

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I.B.Tauris, 2000 - France - 594 pages
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How did Hitler and his generals manage the swift conquest of France, considering that the French and their allies were superior in every measurable dimension and considering the Germans' own scepticism about their chances? This title is a new interpretation of Germany's lightning attack that swept the Wehrmacht to Paris in the spring of 1940. It studies the years leading up to those crucial weeks and suggests new ways to think about the decisions taken on both sides.
 

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Thirty-one years after Alistair Horne's classic World War II history, To Lose a Battle: France 1940, May, a prominent and prolific historian, has produced a detailed study of how Hitler was able to ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
3
Orders
15
Honeymoon
28
Rifts
40
Conflict
54
Clashes
68
War
79
Hitler
94
War but Not War
271
The Bore War
286
The DyleBreda Plan
306
Distractions
323
Stumbles
337
Intelligence Failure
347
The Reasons Why
362
The Dam Breaks
371

Deladier
113
Gamelin
127
CrossCurrents
141
To Munich
153
Chamberlain
169
Enough
179
Accepting War
195
Now France?
215
Not Defeat?
227
Intelligence
240
Gamble
254
Battles
383
Hitch at Sedan
400
Plan Yellow Plays Out
414
France Falls
434
Why? And What Can Be Learned?
448
Tables and Figures
465
Notes
481
Bibliography
529
Acknowledgments
579
Index
581
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