Fall Of France


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A little presentation about the German invasion of France in 1940 and the use of Blitzkrieg.
Covers the Maginot line, French Plan, German Plan, how Blitzkrieg works and ends w/ the Miracle of Dunkirk

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Fall Of France

  1. 2. Paris Germany Belgium Netherlands France Maginot Line
  2. 3. The Maginot Line
  3. 6. Germany Belgium France The Netherlands (Holland) Paris The Ardennes Luxembourg The Old Schlieffen Plan
  4. 7. Paris The Allied Plan
  5. 8. Paris The Allied Plan
  6. 9. Paris The Allied Plan Note the area with no forces in it – the Ardennes
  7. 10. 1940 : "A sector that is not dangerous. It is impenetrable." French military description of the Ardennes Forest .
  8. 12. Blitzkrieg : German for &quot;lightning war“ <ul><li>Employed mobile forces </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasize speed and surprise </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prevent an enemy from organizing a coherent defense. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Designed to outmaneuver the enemy rather than attacking him head on. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Uses concentrated tank forces supported by mobile infantry, artillery and close air support assets. </li></ul><ul><li>Used a decentralized command structure </li></ul><ul><li>Knock out an enemy's communications, supply, and morale </li></ul><ul><li>Move faster than your enemy can think. </li></ul><ul><li>In combat, blitzkrieg forced slower defending forces into defensive pockets that were encircled and by the armored units then destroyed by following German infantry. </li></ul>
  9. 14. HQs supply supply
  10. 15. HQs supply supply
  11. 16. HQs supply supply
  12. 17. HQs supply supply
  13. 18. HQs
  14. 19. HQs
  15. 20. We surrender
  16. 21. Paris
  17. 22. Paris The German Plan (Phase I)
  18. 23. Paris The German Plan (Phase I)
  19. 24. Paris The German Plan (Phase II)
  20. 25. Paris The German Plan (Phase II)
  21. 26. Paris The German Plan (Phase II)
  22. 27. Paris The Fall of France
  23. 28. Paris The Fall of France Dunkirk I must get our boys out of there. We must evacuate them to England
  24. 29. Paris The Fall of France Dunkirk Mien Fuhrer, let my Luftwaffe finish off the British OK, Herman, go ahead
  25. 30. Send anything that will float!
  26. 31. They lost their equipment, but not the men – who live to fight again
  27. 32. Paris The Fall of France It must have been a miracle You Idiot! You let them get away!!
  28. 33. The Battle for France ends with the signing of an armistice in the same railway car in which the Germans had surrendered in World War I Hitler takes a holiday to visit his latest prize - Paris
  29. 34. Paris The Fall of France Let me have a second chance, mien fuhrer. We must plan to invade Britain “ We shall fight them on the beaches, on the landing grounds and in the fields. We shall fight them in the streets and on the hills. We shall never surrender”
  30. 35. The Battle of France is over… The Battle of Britain is about to begin
  31. 37. Paris The German Plan (Phase I)
  32. 38. HQs supply supply