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Achtung Panzer : The German Invasion of France and the Low Countries

Achtung Panzer : The German Invasion of France and the Low Countries

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Part Number:CON7041
  • Manufacturer:Concord Publications
  • Scale:NA
  • Skill Level:NA
  • Weight:8.8 Ounces
  • Made In:Hong Kong
Author : Jon Feenstra  
Pages:
 72
Format: Softcover
Reference Book.
Printed in Hong Kong




- 72 Pages
- 100+ Photos
- 16 Color plates

Immediately after Fall Weiss, the invasion of Poland, Hitler planned for Fall Gelb, the invasion of Belgium, Holland and Northern France. On 10 May 1940, panzers began to pour across the borders. The Netherlands would be the first to fall, although the Dutch put up a stubborn fight. Next the panzers crossed over the Maas River into Belgium. Helping to defend the onslaught were French mechanized units which managed to delay the German advance somewhat. Panzers of Heeresgruppe A infiltrated the Ardennes region and pushed through to the Channel coast, cutting the Allies, resulting in the Dunkirk evacuation. By the start of Fall Rot, on 5 June 1940, the fate of France was sealed. The bulk of Heeresgruppe A & B turned south, they met little resistance. Paris fell on 14 June and by 25 June, a ceasefire came into effect. The blitzkrieg in the West took a little more than 6 weeks, but the Panzer Divisions lost about 35% of their tanks, the majority being poorly armed one.

This book documented the panzers in the early Blitzkrieg era. PzKpfw I, II, III and IV, Hanomag, 38(t), SdKfz 222, 231, 232¡K. As well as captured French AFVs. There are many unpublished photos, many photographed by Rommel himself. Jon Feenstra is a modeler specialized in armor. He gathered a lot of well researched information in the book which is invaluable to fellow modelers. Arek Wrobel provided us with 16 color plates showing many ? views well illustrating the markings of the early war years.

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