Armoured Warfare and the Fall of France: Rare Photographs by Anthony Tucker-Jones

By Anthony Tucker-Jones

At 21:00 on nine might 1940 Codeword Danzig was once issued alerting Adolf Hitler’s airborne troops that they have been approximately to spearhead an assault on Belgium and the Netherlands. the next day to come his blitzkrieg rolled ahead outstanding the British Expeditionary strength and the French armies in Belgium and in northern France at Sedan. The determined makes an attempt of the allied armies to stem the Nazi tide proved futile and, as soon as their reserves were exhausted and the rest forces bring to a halt, Paris lay open. via early June, it used to be in every single place - trapped British, Belgian and French troops have been pressured to evacuate Dunkirk, Calais and Boulogne and the defeated French military agreed to an armistice leaving the rustic divided in . This dramatic tale is proven in a chain of over a hundred and fifty ancient photos that Anthony Tucker-Jones he has chosen for this memorable publication. the pictures he has selected conceal each point of this awesome crusade, yet his major concentration is at the very important position performed via the armoured battling cars of either side. The ebook is a photograph list of the destruction wrought via the Wehrmacht’s lightning offensive throughout the Low international locations and France.

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The tank regiments of 4. com only 84 in the French regiments, but the French regiments each had 48 Somua tanks while the German tank regiments had only 32 PzKpfw III and PzKpfw IV medium tanks. The Panzer divisions concentrated all of their tanks in the two Panzer regiments; the French DLM had three of their 11 squadrons organic to the RDP. The Panzer divisions had a larger infantry element, usually two motorized infantry regiments with a total of four battalions compared to a single motorized infantry regiment with three battalions in the French DLM.

Although many accounts suggest that the Somua tank had a one-man turret, this was not in fact the case. This myth stems largely from the similar appearance of the Somua’s APX 1CE turret and the APX 4 of the Char B1 bis that was in fact a one-man turret. As mentioned earlier, the APX 1CE was designed with a larger turret ring than the APX 4 to permit the radio operator to serve as the turret loader. com A view inside the Somua S 35 through the left-side access hatch. The driver’s station can be seen to the left, and the commander’s seat and main ammunition stowage bin in the centre.

He was still in command of PzRgt 35 at the start of the Russian campaign in June 1941, though he was assigned shortly after the start of the campaign to lead PzBrig 5, receiving the Oak Leaves to the Knight’s Cross at the end of 1941. He was promoted to Generalmajor in March 1942, taking over command of 4. PzDiv. He was eventually elevated to corps command, leading XLVIII. Panzerkorps in November– December 1942 before being severely wounded during the fighting near Stalingrad. After his return to duty in early 1943, he was promoted to Generalleutnant and assigned as Inspekteur der Panzertruppen des Heimatheeres (Inspector Heinrich Eberbach, taken after his capture in August 1944.

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