The Breaking Point: Sedan and the Fall of France, 1940 [Free E–pub]

  • Hardcover
  • 374
  • The Breaking Point: Sedan and the Fall of France, 1940
  • Robert A. Doughty
  • English
  • 03 March 2020
  • 9780208022813

Robert A. Doughty Ö 6 review

free read The Breaking Point: Sedan and the Fall of France, 1940 free read The Breaking Point: Sedan and the Fall of France, 1940 ð PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Robert A. Doughty Ö 6 review Authentic grasp not only of a key battle in a crucial campaign but of what really happens on the fields of wartime strif. Why in 1940 did Christopher Nolan have to come to the rescue of 340000 Allied troops on a beach in northern France Or to put it with less snark why had the Allies principally France performed so badly that less than a month into the German invasion they found themselves cornered against the seaThank God for the French Army said Winston Churchill in 1933 and as late as 1940 France was seen as Europe s preeminent military power Twenty years before it had repelled an invasion by a country a third larger in population and twice as large in industry at the human cost of 4 percent of its citizenry For two decades it had prepared for invasion building forts and husbanding its strength such that in 1940 the French army had guns than the Germans and tanks And still it lost WhyRobert Doughty a retired US brigadier points the finger at the Battle of Sedan With the infamous Maginot Line defending the Franco German border the Allies had sent their best units north into central Belgium anticipating a strike along the same lines as the German invasion of 1914 But they had dismissed the possibility that the enemy might try something different The Germans launched a feint through central Belgium to confirm Allied preconceptions but the real attack came through the Ardennes forest the critical hinge between the mobile Allied units in the north and the Maginot Line in the south That area which included the town of Sedan was lightly defended on account of it being deemed poor terrain for tanks and through a combination of bad luck French incompetence and German derring do the Germans broke through In five days German tanks were at the sea and the fate of the main Allied army was sealedAll that said this isn t a great book Only the most ardent grognard could get past the awkward writing and the fussy preoccupation with military detail with so few maps the many pages of after action description feel flighty weightless I found myself flipping through these sections But the two chapters on strategic concerns are uite good and neatly summarize the key reasons why Sedan was allowed to happenThe French in 1940 were preoccupied with the idea of methodical battle a top down centralized approach to warfare Artillery was responsible for most of the battlefield casualties in First World War and the difficulties of coordinating massed firepower lent itself to a top down approach to command With 13m French soldiers killed in La Grande Guerre an attachment to the ideas had won the last war is understandable But faced with a new German doctrine that emphasized mobility and seizing the initiative this doctrine was a disaster This book could be flippantly subtitled Leadership Secrets of the Wehrmacht French units at Sedan were repeatedly outmaneuvered and outfought by fast moving German units led by junior commanders who knew how to seize the initiative But Doughty is careful not to descend into the German weeabooism The German victories at Sedan were won primarily by infantry not by tanks Blitzkrieg was not a codified doctrine but an ex post invention of the Allied press to describe the rapid string of German victories and there was a great deal of bad luck on the Allied side that made collapse possible I left this book with a sense of just how contingent history can be There was nothing inevitable about France s defeat in 1940 all claims about moral decay or French cowardice are hogwash France had the materiel and the will to win What it lacked was the correct ideas about how to wage war and it was unfortunate enough to be paired with adversary with new ideas that countered the old ones If France had stood in 1940 70000 French Jews might have lived More than that facing a determined enemy to its west Germany might not have invaded the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe might have been spared the horrors of the Eastern Front including the Holocaust Military matters matter Sedan was not just the hinge of the French Army it was at the hinge of history Had things swung differently the world might be a happier place SAS : L'Amour fou du colonel Chang units north into central Belgium anticipating a strike along the same lines as the German invasion of 1914 But they had dismissed the possibility that the enemy might try something different The Germans launched a feint through central Belgium to confirm Allied preconceptions but the real attack came through the Ardennes forest the critical hinge between the mobile Allied Les Frères Ashkenazi -Yoshe le fou units in the north and the Maginot Line in the south That area which included the town of Sedan was lightly defended on account of it being deemed poor terrain for tanks and through a combination of bad luck French incompetence and German derring do the Germans broke through In five days German tanks were at the sea and the fate of the main Allied army was sealedAll that said this isn t a great book Only the most ardent grognard could get past the awkward writing and the fussy preoccupation with military detail with so few maps the many pages of after action description feel flighty weightless I found myself flipping through these sections But the two chapters on strategic concerns are L'amour fou de zivana uite good and neatly summarize the key reasons why Sedan was allowed to happenThe French in 1940 were preoccupied with the idea of methodical battle a top down centralized approach to warfare Artillery was responsible for most of the battlefield casualties in First World War and the difficulties of coordinating massed firepower lent itself to a top down approach to command With 13m French soldiers killed in La Grande Guerre an attachment to the ideas had won the last war is La Transe et ses entours : La sorcellerie, l'amour fou, saint Jean de la Croix, etc. understandable But faced with a new German doctrine that emphasized mobility and seizing the initiative this doctrine was a disaster This book could be flippantly subtitled Leadership Secrets of the Wehrmacht French Histoire de la Cinémathèque française units at Sedan were repeatedly outmaneuvered and outfought by fast moving German Du jeu subtil à l'amour fou units led by junior commanders who knew how to seize the initiative But Doughty is careful not to descend into the German weeabooism The German victories at Sedan were won primarily by infantry not by tanks Blitzkrieg was not a codified doctrine but an ex post invention of the Allied press to describe the rapid string of German victories and there was a great deal of bad luck on the Allied side that made collapse possible I left this book with a sense of just how contingent history can be There was nothing inevitable about France s defeat in 1940 all claims about moral decay or French cowardice are hogwash France had the materiel and the will to win What it lacked was the correct ideas about how to wage war and it was Trente ans d'amour fou unfortunate enough to be paired with adversary with new ideas that countered the old ones If France had stood in 1940 70000 French Jews might have lived More than that facing a determined enemy to its west Germany might not have invaded the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe might have been spared the horrors of the Eastern Front including the Holocaust Military matters matter Sedan was not just the hinge of the French Army it was at the hinge of history Had things swung differently the world might be a happier place

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The Breaking Point: Sedan and the Fall of France, 1940

free read The Breaking Point: Sedan and the Fall of France, 1940 free read The Breaking Point: Sedan and the Fall of France, 1940 ð PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Robert A. Doughty Ö 6 review Bug outs all the detail that creates layer and layer of opportunity or obstacle for victory or defeat The result is an. An in depth narrative and analysis of the defeat of France in 1940 by the Germans Specifically Colonel Doughty concentrates on the campaign as executed by Guderian s XIX Corps and its opponents in the corps approach march across the Ardennes its crossing of the Meuse at Sedan and its defeat of the various French units as Guderian s troops carved out their bridgehead and conseuently broke out on their way to the channel behind the main allied armies that had charged forward into Belgium The emphasis is overwhelmingly on the operations and tactics used by the opposing armies and their contrasting leadership styles and doctrines Doughty makes it abundantly clear why the Germans were victorious in this particular battle especially giving credit to the well lead infantry and combat engineers who were instrumental to their accomplishments but who in most narratives play second fiddle to the panzers The maps are barely adeuate but are just good enough A key work in understanding the collapse of France in the summer of 1940 L'Amour fou d'André Breton (Essai et dossier) units as Guderian s troops carved out their bridgehead and conseuently broke out on their way to the channel behind the main allied armies that had charged forward into Belgium The emphasis is overwhelmingly on the operations and tactics Un amour fou- Prix Maison de la Presse 1991 used by the opposing armies and their contrasting leadership styles and doctrines Doughty makes it abundantly clear why the Germans were victorious in this particular battle especially giving credit to the well lead infantry and combat engineers who were instrumental to their accomplishments but who in most narratives play second fiddle to the panzers The maps are barely adeuate but are just good enough A key work in L'Amour fou (Collection Aphrodite) understanding the collapse of France in the summer of 1940

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free read The Breaking Point: Sedan and the Fall of France, 1940 free read The Breaking Point: Sedan and the Fall of France, 1940 ð PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Robert A. Doughty Ö 6 review In telling the story of Sedan Doughty brings to life individual soldiers ridge lines copses gun emplacements charges and. If you are going to do a terrain walk or in depth study of the 1940 attack through the Ardennes then this is the book for you If you are looking for an engaging entertaining book on a key turning point in the Battle of France you will have to look elsewhere The start of the book is strong but after the initial discussion of the German progress through the Ardennes the narrative breaks down into a lengthy and frankly boring accounting of who moved where and when Except for some accounts from German soldiers on specific actions crossing the Meuse and taking objectives there are no vignettes of interest despite a heavy focus on small unit action There are good discussions of the clash of wills between Guderian and Von Kleist very interestingThe short and clear explanation of French and German strategy and doctrine is excellent The French methodical battle with step by step centralized control is contrasted with the German emphasis on decentralized control and initiative German Auftragstaktik or mission oriented tactics is explained The author gives a good explanation of how difficult a problem the Germans had in attacking through the Ardennes He also gives a decent account of the greatly outnumbered Belgian Chasseurs Ardennais fight at Bodange which held up the 1st Panzer Division for about 10 hours on the first day view spoiler I learned about the airlanding of commandos and a 400 man battalion 2 3 men at a time by Fieseler Storch airplanes at key bridges and crossing on the first day did not know that beforeWhere the book falls down is maps He started out with a good one but he gets deep down into the moves of all the formations in the Ardennes and does not include any maps that guide you The lack of maps only gets worse as the books progresses Here is one online map that would help operations order for the main thrust is precise and clearview spoiler XIXth Panzer Corps leading element of Group von Kleist crosses the Luxembourg border together with Twelfth and Sixteenth Armies on A day at Y hour It rushes through the Luxembourg area and on the first day pushes through the Belgian border fortifications between Bastogne excluding and Arlon excluding and next pushes through the fortifications line Libramont Neufchateau Hachy sic Therefore it is important to take Libramont as uickly as possible and to clear the entire length of Panzer Routes I and 2 through Neufchateau to free the routes for the use of the XLIst Corps which follows XIXth Corps Immediately after this the XIXth Corps crosses over the Semois between Alle including and Bouillon including passing the latter by encircling around the south and reaches the Meuse for a surprise crossing between Nouvion including and Sedan including It is critically important to get the leading units across the Meuse on the first attack After crossing the Meuse the operational direction for the XIXth Corps is toward Rethel Under no circumstances should the corps be drawn to the south hide spoiler