Guderian's XIXth Panzer Corps and the Battle of France: Breakthrough in the Ardennes, May 1940

Guderian's XIXth Panzer Corps and the Battle of France: Breakthrough in the Ardennes, May 1940

Guderian's XIXth Panzer Corps and the Battle of France: Breakthrough in the Ardennes, May 1940

Guderian's XIXth Panzer Corps and the Battle of France: Breakthrough in the Ardennes, May 1940

Synopsis

Certain to become the definitive work in English on the Battle of France, this volume corrects all previous English accounts. With extensive use of primary documents, it places us closer to the planning, preparation, and employment of this most successful operation. It covers major changes made by the German Army after Poland and infighting surrounding these changes. Providing the only detailed day-by-day breakdown of German action during the Battle's first five days, this book presents a unique view of the German Army.

Excerpt

The purpose of this study is to present the operational history of Colonel-General Heinz Guderian's XIXth Panzer Corps' advance from May 10 to 15, 1940. It encompasses campaign planning at German Army High Command, the preparation for the Army's offensive against France, and the employment of a tank army as the main effort through the Ardennes, although its primary focus is directed at XIXth Panzer Corps' breakthrough at Sedan. The political and military situation influencing the decision makers of the German Army General Staff planners and the development of the campaign plan are analyzed in an attempt to provide an understanding for the rationale of the deployment, mission, and employment of XIXth Parizer Corps and its subordinate units. An appraisal of German Army reforms at the conclusion of the Polish Campaign furnishes an appreciation for the immense effort required to train and prepare the Army for the French Campaign. A discussion of Field Marshal Erich von Manstein's recommendations and operational concept clarifies his instrumental role in the development of the final campaign plan. This study also presents an in-depth explanation of the development of Panzer Group von Kleist's traffic control plan and the coordination problems involved in the movement of a tank army through the restricted terrain of the Ardennes. The operational history of the XIXth Panzer Corps includes the formation, headquarters " planning and preparation, and detailed actions throughout the initial critical days of the offensive in 1940, to demonstrate its impact on the successful conclusion of the campaign. A complete account of the daily operations furnishes an assessment of XIXth Panzer Corps' officers, men, and equipment. It provides an observation of the corps' staff in its daily evaluation of the operational and logistical situation, intelligence reports . . .

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