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Author Name:    MANSOOR, Peter R., Cpt. Military History series (Fort KNox, KY)

Title:   Schwerpunkt : The Second Battle of Sedan, 10-15 May 1940

Publisher:    Command and Staff Department, U.S. Army Armor School, Fort Knox, Kentucky, 1986, 

Seller ID:   116131

MANSOOR, Peter R., Cpt. Schwerpunkt : The Second Battle of Sedan, 10-15 May1940. Fort Knox, Kentucky : Command and Staff Department, U.S. Army Armor School, [1986]. Pp 1-31,(1). Map. Large 8vo [210 x 270 mm], yellow side-stapled card covers, front cover photo-illusrated and lettered in black. "The Battle of Sedan or Second Battle of Sedan (12–15 May 1940) was a Second World War battle fought during the French Campaign. The battle was part of theGerman Wehrmacht's operational plan codenamed Fall Gelb (Case Yellow) for an offensive through the hilly and heavily forested Ardennes, to encircle the Allied armies in Belgium and north-eastern France. German Army Group A crossed the Meuse river with the intention of capturing Sedan and pushing northwards towards the Channel coast, in order to entrap the Allied forces that were advancing east into Belgium, as part of the Allied Dyle Plan strategy. Sedan was situated on the east bank of the Meuse River. Its capture would give the Germans a base from which to capture the Meuse bridges and cross the river. Should this occur, the German divisions could then advance across the open and undefended French countryside, beyond Sedan, and to the English Channel. On 12 May, Sedan was captured without resistance. In the following days, the Germans defeated the French defences surrounding Sedan on the west bank of the Meuse. This was largely achieved by the Luftwaffe. As a result of German bombing and low morale, the French defenders were unableto mount a coherent defence. The Germans captured the Meuse bridges at Sed an allowing them to pour forces including armour across the river. On 14 May, the Allied air forces, the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Armée de l'Air (French Air Force) tried to destroy the bridges, and prevent German reinforcements reaching the west bank. The Luftwaffe prevented them from doing so. In large air battles, the Allies suffered high losses which depleted Allied bomber strength in the campaign. The crossing of the Meuse enabled the Germans to break into the strategic depths, or undefended rear, of the Allied front and to advance to the English Channel without significant opposition. The French attempted to launch counter-attacks against the German-held bridgeheads, from 15–17 May, but the offensives fell victim to delay and confusion. Five days after consolidating their bridgeheads at Sedan, on 20 May, theGerman Army reached the Channel. The victory at Sedan achieved the operati onal goal of Fall Gelb and encircled the strongest Allied armies, includingthe British Expeditionary Force. The resulting battles destroyed the remai ning French army as an effective fighting force, and expelled the British Army from the continent, leading to the defeat of France in June 1940. The battle at Sedan was instrumental in the fall of France." (Wikipedia). Very good. 15.00


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