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Luftwaffe at War - Blitzkrieg in the West 1939 - 1940 - Phoney War - Scandinavia - Attack on the Netherlands & Belgium - Sedan to Dunkirk - Fall of France - Volume 2

Hooton, E. R.

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ISBN 10: 1857802721 / ISBN 13: 9781857802726
Published by Midland Counties Publications / Classic, Hersham Surrey United Kingdom, 2007
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96 pages prof ill b/w photos colour profiles - In September 1939, after years of increasing tension, the German assault on Poland unleashed warfare in Europe for the second time in a generation. For Poland's allies the speed of the German invasion, advance and victory was a salutary warning as to the potency of the massive growth in German military prowess since the Nazi's had come to power in 1933. With victory assured in the east and with Poland carved up between Germany and the Soviet Union, Hitler was able to turn his attention to the west. Both Britain and France had responded to the growing crisis of the late 1930s with a significant enhancement of their military capability. However, in their strategic planning they lagged behind the Germans. Many of their commanders anticipated a war similar to that fought between 1914 and 1918, as emphasised by the French construction of the Maginot Line. When war was declared, as in 1914, Britain sent an Expeditionary Force to France, with limited air support and equipped with armour that would prove to be no match to that of the Germans. The paucity of Allied planning was emphasised by the rapid German victories in the Low Countries, France and then Scandinavia. As with the victory in the east, the German success was largely the result of the integrated use of air and land power. In the second title in this new series, Edward Hooton examines the period between the victory over Poland in 1939 and the crushing defeats of Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Norway and Denmark during the dark days of 1940 when, ultimately, Britain alone was left undefeated. As in the Polish campaign, the Luftwaffe's role was pivotal. It won air superiority over the theatre of operations and was able to destroy much of the enemy's materiel before the army swept forward. This book provides a detailed analysis of that achievement. Size: A4. Bookseller Inventory # 332256

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Title: Luftwaffe at War - Blitzkrieg in the West ...

Publisher: Midland Counties Publications / Classic, Hersham Surrey United Kingdom

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:New

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In September 1939, after years of increasing tension, the German assault on Poland unleashed warfare in Europe for the second time in a generation. For Poland's allies the speed of the German invasion, advance, and victory was a salutary warning of the potency of the massive growth in German military power since the Nazi's had come to power in 1933. With victory assured in the east, and with Poland carved up between Germany and the Soviet Union, Hitler was able to turn his attention to the west. Both Britain and France had responded to the growing crisis of the late 1930s with a significant enhancement of their military capabilities, but they still lagged behind the Germans. Many of their commanders anticipated a war similar to that fought between 1914 and 1918. When war was declared, as in 1914, Britain sent an Expeditionary Force to France with limited air support and equipped with armor that would prove to be no match for the Germans. The lack of Allied planning was emphasized by the rapid German victories in the Low Countries of France and Scandinavia. As with the victory in the east, the German success was largely the result of the integrated use of air and land power.
In the second title in this new series, author Edward Hooton examines the period between the victory over Poland in 1939 and the crushing defeats of Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Norway, and Denmark during the dark days of 1940 when, ultimately, Britain alone was left undefeated. As in the Polish campaign, the Luftwaffe's role was pivotal. It won air superiority over the theatre of operations and was able to destroy much of the enemy's material before the army swept forward.

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Edward Hooton has been a journalist for 40 years and a defense specialist for about 25 of those years. He has written numerous articles on military history and earlier highly regarded books on the history of the Luftwaffe.

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