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10th May 1940

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In World War II, the Battle of France,was the successful Wehrmacht invasion of France and the Low Countries, starting on 10 May 1940, defeating primarily French forces. The battle consisted of two main operations. In the first, Fall Gel, Wehrmacht armoured units pushed through the Ardennes to cut off and surround the Allied units that had advanced into Belgium. Whilst British and neigbouring French forces were pushed back to the ocean by the extremely mobile and well coordinated Wehrmacht operation, the British government decided to evacuate the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) as well as several French divisions at Dunkirk in Operation Dynamo.

After the withdrawal of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF), The Wehrmacht set in motion a second operation, Fall Rot, which was started on 5 June 1940. At first the exhausted French forces put up stiff resistance, but Luftwaffe air superiority bit by bit overcame French artillery positions. Wehrmacht forces went around the Maginot Line and pushed deeper into France as French forces began to collapse. Wehrmacht forces arrived in an undefended Paris the French capital on 14 June 1940 and their commanding officers met with French officials who were ready to stop the fighting.

On the German frontier, from Basel to the North sea, millions of men, and thousands of tanks, Waiting for Adolf Hitler's Order to Attack. Heeresgruppe B (Army Group B). was commanded by Fedor von Bock, Consisting of 29 divisions, three of them armoured was deployed from the northern tip of the Dutch frontier as far as Aachen. And from Aachen to Trier was Heeresgruppe A (Army Group A). that was commanded by Rudolf von Rundstedt, Consisting of 45 divisions, of which at least seven were armoured and 3 motorised. Heeresgruppe C (Army Group C). was stationed between Trier, and the Swiss border, Heeresgruppe C (Army Group C). was commanded by Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb, which contained 19 divisions. Walther von Brauchitsch, was in overall command.

5:35 a.m. German airborne troops land on the bridges at Rotterdam, Dordrecht and Moerdijk in Holland and more parachutists dropped on the fortress of Eben Emael, the key to the defence of Liege in Belgium, and the German armies of Heeresgruppe B (Army Group B) were commanded by Fedor von Bock, and Heeresgruppe A (Army Group A) Commanded by Rudolf von Rundstedt. Cross the frontiers of Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg.

Allied troops crossed into Belgium, along front from North sea to Moselle.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) made attacks on troop carrying aircraft near Rotterdam and The Hague, against aerodromes occupied by German forces in Holland, on German troops and communications, and on German bomber squadrons.

Luxembourg government crossed into Belgium.

Many French towns and villages bombed, including Bethune, Dunkirk, Nancy, Calais, and Lyons. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) aerodrome was also raided.

Mr Chamberlain resigned from premiership. Mr Churchill accepted it and undertook to form coalition ministry.

Luftwaffe raiders appeared over Southeast coast. 44 incendiary and explosive bombs dropped in Kent. Damage slight.

British troops landed in Iceland to prevent Germany, seizing the country.

State of siege proclaimed in Dutch East Indies.

German troopship mined in the Sound while returning from Oslo.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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