By Howard P. Davies

BRITISH PARACHUTE FORCES 1940-45 describes the uniforms and gear of the mythical crimson Devils from the inception of airborne forces within the British military, via Arnhem and the crossing of the Rhine, to the tip of the second one global conflict. each element of the specified garments and accouterments designed to fulfill the explicit requisites of those crack paratroopers is meticulously special in rigorously prepared sections, the 1st of which provides the historic heritage in their exploits. Black and white motion images look in the course of the textual content, and there are sections illustrating person goods of uniform, badges and insignia in complete colour.

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Nglo-F"rench manoeuvre into the Low Countries, and was to be deli\ ered, forty-five mile front enough, by (juderian's XIX Panzer The nineteen German divisions in the south were not intended to demonstrate the strength of the Maginot Line. Strategically the plan was nearly perfect, aiming as it did to smash a decisive breach in the Allied line in the appropriately Corps. very centre, thereby allowing the encirclement of the It was audacious in that a breakChannel from Sedan a place evocative enough for both (jermany and France left an exposed flank of some 200 miles across the front of the French Army.

W^*^**^mp^J^m^^ Nagasaki '«^^ a October 1945. The Atomic bombs ushered new was by definition a long narrow penetration with the firepower of the assault limited to its lead elements and, finally, poor intelligence and planning. The attack also armour was forced to use roads raised above the level of the surrounding countryside, thus lea\ing the tanks silhouetted and vulnerable to German anti-tank guns. «# > profitably employed in clearing the Germans from their positions on the banks of the Wester Schelde, thereby opening the sea route into the port of Antwerp that had been captured intact.

But the plan itself worked. \rmv was ripped into two on the Meuse within five davs; the Channel was reached on May 25 fifteen days after the began. The British Army plus some 100,000 French were able to escape from Dunkirk largely because of German strategic timidity in forcing the panzers on in an area that had such an ominous reputation from World War I but there w as no escape for the others. The Dutch surrendered late in May, as did the Belgians. France was forced to sue for an armistice bv June 22 (effective on the 2:;th).

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