The Battle of France depended on surprise attack by large mechanized and armoured forces. This depended on attack through Belgium, and that depended on overwhelming the Belgian forts guarding key river crossings. The authors have produced an enthralling account of how German Special Forces fought to take and hold the key river crossings to allow the main German Army to swarm into France. Very Highly Recommended. http://reviews.firetrench.com http://adn.firetrench.com http://bgn.firetrench.com http://nthn.firetrench.com
NAME: The Silent Attack, The Fallschirmjager Capture The Bridges of Veldwezelt, Vaoenhoven & Hanne 1940 FILE: R2386 AUTHOR: Oscar Gonzalez, Thomas Steinke, Ian Tannahill PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PAGES: 371 PRICE: £30.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII. World War 2, Second World War, World War Two, Special Forces, paratroops, glider troops, vertical insertion, blitz krieg, land forces, fortifications, Low Countries ISBN: 1-78159-385-X IMAGE: B2386.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/jl5amug LINKS: Current Discount Offers http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/sale DESCRIPTION: The Battle of France depended on surprise attack by large mechanized and armoured forces. This depended on attack through Belgium, and that depended on overwhelming the Belgian forts guarding key river crossings. The authors have produced an enthralling account of how German Special Forces fought to take and hold the key river crossings to allow the main German Army to swarm into France. Very Highly Recommended. Fixed defences are always exactly that – immovable and defensive. They can survive only if they are able to obtain fresh supplies of food, water and arms. They also have to be able to defend against all possible attacks. Any weakness, and the fixed defences become a trap for those manning them. The other critical factor is being able to provide defensive positions that have no unguarded flank. After WWI, the French considered a prepared trench line that employed heavily protected elements, armoured against attack and supplied by a network of bomb proof underground railways, would avoid the terrible conflict of WWI. Many considered the Maginot Line would be a deterrent which would be so strong that the Germans would never even consider any future land attack on France. The first point of failure was that the Maginot Line failed to stretch West from the Swiss border, all the way to the Channel Coast. There have been several different theories about this case and perhaps all theories include some fact. Some believed that the French Government became very concerned about the rising cost of the work and were looking for ways to cost costs. Others considered that the French were reluctant to increase Belgian fears that they would be abandoned to German occupation if the Maginot Line continued West along the Belgian border. What often escapes consideration is that French politicians had already spent the 'peace dividend' by arguing that the Maginot Line removed the need for strong mobile reserves behind it. No one had seriously considered the potential threat posed by German airborne forces. In fairness, no one had yet tried to employ vertical troop insertion and there was no data available to consider the threat. As a result, the Maginot Line was planned as a defensive position that could defend against frontal attack. In that respect it was a design success and any German attempt to make frontal attacks to create a breach, that their troops could pour through into France, would have been prohibitively costly in lives and equipment. Similarly, the Belgian forts that had been built to command all the key river crossings from Germany were planned to defend against frontal attack and were formidable defences in that respect. Inevitably, a potential enemy will always plan to defeat any defensive positions. As fixed positions, they can be viewed, mapped, photographed and recorded. The enemy is then able to plan how a defeat of the positions might be achieved at an acceptable cost. The Germans realised that they could use paratroops and glider troops to seize critical bridges and fixed fortifications very quickly before the enemy knew what was happening. They trained extensively and the execution of the plans went very smoothly. The Germans then had to defend those bridges and positions while their main army poured through on their way into France. The authors have described all of the interlocking elements and how they produced outstanding success. There are a great many rare photographs through the body of the book and the standard of illustration is excellent.