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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Operation "Overload".... wow, all these years I kept refering to it as "Overlord" Mr. Green

With the D-Day landings being refered to as Operation Neptune
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 5:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This Week in History

June 14, 1940



On June 14, 1940, the German army captured Paris. It was a stunning achievement that few outside of Hitler had believed possible. Although the Germans would need another week to defeat France officially, the war was effectively over once German soldiers marched through the Arc de Triomphe into an abandoned city.


The Germans had started the war against the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and France on May 10, 1940, the same day that Winston Churchill was named prime minister of Great Britain. At first the war looked like a repeat of the events that unfolded in 1914, but the Germans' superior speed and mobility quickly became apparent, as did France's obsolete troop transport and communication systems. On June 7, for example, Rommel's VII Panzer Division advanced 37 miles in just two days, a blistering pace for a French army that was large but low on morale.


As the British evacuated their troops and the French made inconsequential changes at the top of the military, German units advanced on the City of Lights as panic set in. On June 13, French troops pulled out of Paris. French leadership had long before given up hope. In a communication between French Prime Minister Paul Reynaud and Churchill on May 15, Reynaud was already willing to accept defeat and by the next day the French were planning a complete evacuation of their capital. Although Churchill kept a stiff upper lip, he had no answers for the Wehrmacht onslaught other than the evacuation of their own troops from the continent and preparation for the Battle of Britain to come.

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