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A destroyed Panzer II. The thin armor is evident. In the background is a Panzer I. Neither of these vehicles was intended for combat, but a lack of tanks for the rapidly expanding number of panzer divisions necessitated their use. Panzer I’s lead this motorized column. An orders conference between motorcycle reconnaissance troops and panzer crews. Effective reconnaissance and timely supply of information was essential to the maintaining of a rapid advance. A totally destroyed Panzer III, possibly from an internal explosion of onboard ammunition.
219 of these tanks were confiscated from the Czech Army in March 1939. Kpfw. 38(t) shown below in a propaganda photograph on the English Channel. An Sd Kfz. 222 light armored car that has been hit by what appears to be an antitank shell. 0-cm KwK 30 can be used against ground targets or aircraft. Issued to the armored car squadrons of the reconnaissance batallions. An armored column on the move. The good French primary and secondary road network greatly aided the German advance. The roads would not prove to be so trafficable in Russia.
By the evening of the following day, the last line of defense was broken. The heroic efforts of Allied pilots who continually attacked the bridges despite the massive antiaircraft defenses and marauding Bf 109s was to no avail, and their casualties were crippling. At this critical juncture, there had been no effective counterattacks mounted, and the Battle of France had effectively been decided in the Germans’ favor. The French supreme commander, General Maurice Gamelin, had established his headquarters at Vincennes with no wireless communications, being completely dependent on telephone landlines.
Blitzkrieg France 1940 by Michael Olive, Visit Amazon's Robert J. Edwards Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Robert J. Edwards, , Chris Evans