Images of War: Armoured Warfare and the Fall of France, 1940, Anthony Tucker-Jones

Images of War: Armoured Warfare and the Fall of France, 1940, Anthony Tucker-Jones

Images of War: Armoured Warfare and the Fall of France, 1940, Anthony Tucker-Jones

Images of War: Armoured Warfare and the Fall of France, 1940, Anthony Tucker-Jones

This entry in the Images of War series looks at the Western European campaign of 1940, which saw the Germans conquer Belgium, Holland and France and force the BEF to evacuate the Continent, leaving most of its equipment behind.

We begin with a series of chapters on the forces involved, starting with chapters of French tanks and the Maginot Line, then British tanks and finally German tanks. After that each chapter looks at part of the campaign. First comes the invasion of Belgium and Holland, then the breakthrough on the Meuse, two chapters looking at French and British counterattacks, and finishing with chapters on the evacuation from Dunkirk and the final fall of France.

I like the balance of the content here, which doesn't just focus on the British experience, but includes the entire campaign - it was nice to see a full chapter on the fall of France, which is often skipped over in English language works as it comes after the BEF had largely disappeared from the Continent.

Although the focus is on tanks, there are plenty of well chosen pictures on other topics. My favourite shows two Dutch sentries guarding the middle of a canal or river, presumably either a border or a key ford. The tank pictures cover a wide range of vehicles, including some real rarities. These include the 70 ton French Char 2C, which required a crew of 12 and carried a 75mm gun and four machine guns with one in a second rear gun turret - only five of the original twelve still existed in 1940 and they were destroyed before coming into action, but their scale is still impressive. At the other extreme was a Belgian light cavalry tractor that was simply a small armoured box on tracks.

The chapter introductions are good, and provide a useful history of the campaign. The captions are accurate, and relate directly to the pictures. Some tell the story of the campaign, others set the scene or provide valuable context. The pictures themselves are interesting and well chosen.

Chapters
1 - Finest Tanks in Europe
2 - Shield but no Sword
3 - The British Expeditionary Force's Matildas
4 - Guderian's Panzerwaffe
5 - Codeword Danzig - Netherlands and Belgium
6 - Blitzkrieg - Across the Meuse
7 - Desperate Situation - Counterattack!
8 - Arras - Rommel's Bloody Nose
9 - Dunkirk - Churchill's Miracle
10 - The Fall of Paris

Author: Anthony Tucker-Jones
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 160
Publisher: Pen & Sword Military
Year: 2014



Images of War: Armoured Warfare and the Fall of France, 1940, Anthony Tucker-Jones - History

At 21:00 on 9 May 1940 Codeword Danzig was issued alerting Adolf Hitler&rsquos airborne troops that they were about to spearhead an attack on Belgium and the Netherlands. The following day his blitzkrieg rolled forward striking the British Expeditionary Force and the French armies in Belgium and in northern France at Sedan.

The desperate attempts of the allied armies to stem the Nazi tide proved futile and, once their reserves had been exhausted and the remaining forces cut off, Paris lay open. By early June, it was all over - trapped British, Belgian and French troops were forced to evacuate Dunkirk, Calais and Boulogne and the defeated French army agreed to an armistice leaving the country divided in two.

This dramatic story is shown in a sequence of over 150 historic photographs that Anthony Tucker-Jones has selected for this memorable book. The images he has chosen cover every aspect of this extraordinary campaign, but his main focus is on the vital role played by the armored fighting vehicles of both sides. The book is a graphic record of the destruction wrought by the Wehrmacht&rsquos lightning offensive through the Low Countries and France.

About The Author

Anthony Tucker-Jones is a former defense intelligence officer and a widely published expert on regional conflicts, counter-terrorism and armored and aerial warfare. He is the author of over thirty books, is security and terrorism correspondent for intersec – The Journal of International Security, and has freelanced for Channel 4 News.

REVIEWS

"if you're seeking a illustrated précis of its role in France's ignominious 1940 defeat, Pen & Sword's graphic record nicely fits the bill."

- Cybermodeler

Contents

Introduction – Hitler’s Problem Child
Photograph Sources
Chapter One – Poor Start – Ausf D
Chapter Two – Combat Improvements – Ausf A
Chapter Three – Third Time Lucky – Ausf G
Chapter Four – Stillborn – Ausf F and Panther II
Chapter Five – Panther Variants
Chapter Six – Baptism of Fire
Chapter Seven – A Roman Holiday
Chapter Eight – In Calvados Country
Chapter Nine – Panthers in the Bulge
Chapter Ten – Panther or T-34
Chapter Eleven – The Panther Fate
Further Reading

Anthony Tucker-Jones has compiled a vast pictorial collection of one of the more visually iconic tanks Nazi Germany pressed into service during the Second World War, the Panther tank laying it all out in a chronological visual look at these behemoths in this latest edition to the Images of War Series, The Panther Tank – Hitler’s T-34 Killer. Contained within, the author discusses Hitler’s need to stop the Russian built T-34 tanks gaining ground in the winter of 1941 and the birth of the Panther tank design by Heinz Guderian. The design process is discussed thoroughly in the Introduction: Hitler’s Problem Child. Jumping straight into the three main production variants of Panther tanks, Chapter One, Two and Three show chronologically the development of the Ausf D, A and G models produced. Each chapter discusses the strengths and weaknesses each model possessed as well as brief operational histories of these variants. Each chapter contains textual content defining these tanks and are also filled with dozens of period photographs of these armored vehicles as seen both in operational and knocked out statuses. Each of the photographs provided contain supporting text identifying what is seen within each photo.

Chapter Four discusses the proposed late war versions of Panther tanks, the Ausf. F and Panther II variants. In both cases, rough prototypes were in fact created but these projects were abandoned along with a proposed panzerjager for increased production of proven tanks, such as the Panzer IV and the development of the E-50 and E-75 programs. Moving forward into Chapter Five, the author lays out a brief written and pictorial section showing the small list of Panther Variants created on the existing Panther chassis. In Chapter Six, Baptism of Fire, we are given a glimpse into the first deployments of Panther tanks onto the field of battle as they would be heading off to prove themselves in the largest tank battels the world had ever seen at Kursk. This first chance for the tanks to prove themselves on the field of battle would be the beginning of the end some could say, as crews were not experienced enough having little training added to the problem, the Ausf. D was highly problematic forcing designers back to the drawing board.

At the tail end of Chapter Six, there is a hidden Chapter called Colour Plates. I say ”hidden” because it is not actually listed in the Table of Contents. Color profiles are provided in this section by David Lee Hemingway and give the reader a visual color display of how these tanks looked at the time. This section includes profiles on the separate Panther variants such as the Jagdpanther and Bergepanther tanks as well. Chapter Seven, A Roman Holiday, discusses the role of the Ausf A Panthers first deployment on Italian soil in early fall, 1943. Sticking to the chronological layout of the Panther lifespan, Chapter Eight, In Calvados Country, shows a detailed accounting of the summer of 1944 deployment of the Ausf A and Ausf G versions of Panther in Normandy.

By early 1944, it seemed designers had greatly improved the reliability of the Panther tanks within the Ausf G model. However, as discussed in Chapter Nine, Panthers in the Bulge, supply of these tanks, and fuel of course, was not there. With a lack of supply of the Panther tanks on one side of the fight, there was a relentless, overwhelming supply in numbers of allied tanks. Despite the Panther’s strength over the less powerful Sherman tans, and in many cases preforming rather well, it all comes down to supply. There was just not enough tanks or fuel to overpower the endless supply of equipment and men from the allied forces. In Chapter Ten, Panther or T-34?, the author outlines key points to both tanks and while the T-34 was undersized to the Panther, lesser firepower and deficient in many other areas, the numbers don’t lie. The T-34 was easily built, readily available, far better mobility and undeniably more reliable than its German counterpart. In the final chapter, The Panther’s Fate, the author outlines Hitler’s failed attempt to turn the tide, and while the Panther tan alone did not bring the Reich to its knees, overwhelming allied bombing of factories disrupted production of new tanks and much needed spare parts leaving very little room for developments of armored resources. This all culminated with the eventual surrender of German in 1945. At which time, each of the allied forces to a piece of the pie securing the German war technologies such as the mighty Panther tanks. Each of the allied forces used this technology to further and strengthen their own military’s armored designs.


Images of War - Armoured Warfare and the Fall of France 1940

At 21:00 on 9 May 1940 Codeword Danzig was issued alerting Adolf Hitler’s airborne troops that they were about to spearhead an attack on Belgium and the Netherlands. The following day his blitzkrieg rolled forward striking the British Expeditionary Force and the French armies in Belgium and in northern France at Sedan.

The desperate attempts of the allied armies to stem the Nazi tide proved futile and, once their reserves had been exhausted and the remaining forces cut off, Paris lay open. By early June, it was all over - trapped British, Belgian and French troops were forced to evacuate Dunkirk, Calais and Boulogne and the defeated French army agreed to an armistice leaving the country divided in two.

This dramatic story is shown in a sequence of over 150 historic photographs that Anthony Tucker-Jones has selected for this memorable book. The images he has chosen cover every aspect of this extraordinary campaign, but his main focus is on the vital role played by the armored fighting vehicles of both sides. The book is a graphic record of the destruction wrought by the Wehrmacht’s lightning offensive through the Low Countries and France.


Images of War: Armoured Warfare and the Fall of France, 1940, Anthony Tucker-Jones - History

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Overview

At 21:00 on 9 May 1940 Codeword Danzig was issued alerting Adolf Hitler's airborne troops that they were about to spearhead an attack on Belgium and the Netherlands. The following day his blitzkrieg rolled forward striking the British Expeditionary Force and the French armies in Belgium and in northern France at Sedan. 

The desperate attempts of the allied armies to stem the Nazi tide proved futile and, once their reserves had been exhausted and the remaining forces cut off, Paris lay open. By early June, it was all over - trapped British, Belgian and French troops were forced to evacuate Dunkirk, Calais and Boulogne and the defeated French army agreed to an armistice leaving the country divided in two. 

This dramatic story is shown in a sequence of over 150 historic photographs that Anthony Tucker-Jones he has selected for this memorable book. The images he has chosen cover every aspect of this extraordinary campaign, but his main focus is on the vital role played by the armoured fighting vehicles of both sides. The book is a graphic record of the destruction wrought by the Wehrmacht's lightning offensive through the Low Countries and France.


Armoured Warfare and the Fall of France Book Review

Author Anthony Tucker-Jones summarizes Hitler's Western Blitzkrieg in Armoured Warfare and the Fall of France 1940 – latest installment in Pen & Sword's "Images of War" series.

In just 144 pages, contents chronologically courses through the total tale – including background, equipment, units, personnel and actions. The path to Hitler's conquests ran through the Netherlands and Belgium. And in addition to helpful notes on French, British and German forces, Tucker-Jones surveys those, too.

Dozens of photos and extended captions flavor this visual feast. The archival shots suggest some great diorama ideas. But don't consider this little book modeler's manual.

Nitpicks? Some. I'd hardly call the Hotchkiss H-39 "fast". Nomenclature like "Panzer Mk I and Mk II" occasionally made me wince. And an index would help.

Still, armored warfare played a vital role in Hitler's early conquests. And if you're seeking a illustrated précis of its role in France's ignominious 1940 defeat, Pen & Sword's graphic record nicely fits the bill. Make it your springboard to further study of this crucial campaign.


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At 21:00 on 9 May 1940 Codeword Danzig was issued alerting Adolf Hitler's airborne troops that they were about to spearhead an attack on Belgium and the Netherlands. The following day his blitzkrieg rolled forward striking the British Expeditionary Force and the French armies in Belgium and in northern France at Sedan.

The desperate attempts of the allied armies to stem the Nazi tide proved futile and, once their reserves had been exhausted and the remaining forces cut off, Paris lay open. By early June, it was all over - trapped British, Belgian and French troops were forced to evacuate Dunkirk, Calais and Boulogne and the defeated French army agreed to an armistice leaving the country divided in two.

This dramatic story is shown in a sequence of over 150 historic photographs that Anthony Tucker-Jones he has selected for this memorable book. The images he has chosen cover every aspect of this extraordinary campaign, but his main focus is on the vital role played by the armoured fighting vehicles of both sides. The book is a graphic record of the destruction wrought by the Wehrmacht's lightning offensive through the Low Countries and France.

This entry in the Images of War series looks at the Western European campaign of 1940, which saw the Germans conquer Belgium, Holland and France and force the BEF to evacuate the Continent, leaving most of its equipment behind.

We begin with a series of chapters on the forces involved, starting with chapters of French tanks and the Maginot Line, then British tanks and finally German tanks. After that each chapter looks at part of the campaign. First comes the invasion of Belgium and Holland, then the breakthrough on the Meuse, two chapters looking at French and British counterattacks, and finishing with chapters on the evacuation from Dunkirk and the final fall of France.

I like the balance of the content here, which doesn't just focus on the British experience, but includes the entire campaign - it was nice to see a full chapter on the fall of France, which is often skipped over in English language works as it comes after the BEF had largely disappeared from the Continent.

. The chapter introductions are good, and provide a useful history of the campaign. The captions are accurate, and relate directly to the pictures. Some tell the story of the campaign, others set the scene or provide valuable context. The pictures themselves are interesting and well chosen.

historyofwar.org

Armored warfare played a vital role in Hitler's early conquests. If you're seeking a visual precis of its role in France's ignominious 1940 defeat, Pen & Sword's graphic record nicely fits the bill.
Recommended.

www.cybermodeler.com

An excellent publication that covers in great detail this first campaign of World War II in the west. The pictures capture the hopelessness of the Allied cause and the many new photographs are reinforced by the eloquent text. The pictures of the AFVs from both sides make this an essential book for anyone interested in this campaign. Highly recommended.

Miniature Armoured Fighting Vehicle Association

An interesting and good value read for the historian, while the collection of archive photos give some great details and ideas for the modeller interested in this period as well.

Military Modelling

I don't have any hesitation in recommending this book. The Images of War range continues to expand, going from strength to strength. I can keep telling you these bold truths. It's up to you whether you want to put your hand in your pocket but I would if I were you.

War History Online

Another great addition to this popular series of books.

Military Machines International

About Anthony Tucker-Jones

Anthony Tucker-Jones, a former intelligence officer, is an author and commentator who specialises in military history, with more than 50 books to his name. His work has also been published in an array of magazines and online. He regularly appears on television and radio programmes commenting on current and historical military matters. His books include Stalin&rsquos Revenge , Slaughter on the Eastern Front, Kursk 1943 , The Eastern Front Air War , Armoured Warfare on the Eastern Front , D-Day 1944 and The Devil&rsquos Bridge .


THE NORMANDY AIR WAR 1944 - IMAGES OF WAR

L&rsquoimportante ruolo svolto dalle forze aeree Alleate durante i preparativi dello sbarco in Normandia e nei mesi successivi all&rsquoinvasione. Illustra i vari tipi di aerei impiegati dalla RAF, USAAF e Luftwaffe: Halifax, Lancaster, Fortress, Liberator, Havoc, Marauder, Lightning, Thunderbolt, Mustang, Spitfire, Typhoon, ecc.

The support provided by the Allied air armies to the preparations for the invasion of France and the Normandy campaign is overshadowed by the dramatic and protracted fighting on the ground. Yet the air campaign played a key role in blinding and isolating German forces in northern France in the months preceding the D-Day landings. These Allied air forces then supported the Allied armies as they pushed inland, most notably by hampering the march of Hitler&rsquos panzer divisions and controversially bombing the ancient Norman cities of Caen and Rouen.

Anthony Tucker-Jones&rsquos photographic history is a vivid introduction to this enormous Allied air offensive and illustrates the many famous types of aircraft employed by the RAF, USAAF and Luftwaffe. Shots of the Allied bombers &ndash Halifax, Lancaster, Fortress, Liberator, Havoc and Marauder &ndash and the fighters and fighter-bombers &ndash Lightning, Thunderbolt, Mustang, Spitfire and Typhoon &ndash dominate the selection. Shots of the German warplanes are rarer because the Luftwaffe was overwhelmed by Allied air superiority.

These images of the air war over northern France bring home in a graphic way the nature and conditions of combat flying over seventy years ago, and they emphasize the contribution of air power to the campaign.


THE BATTLE FOR BUDAPEST 1944-1945 - IMAGES OF WAR

Le foto d&rsquoarchivio forniscono una vivida panoramica dei sanguinosi e prolungati combattimenti tra l&rsquoArmata Rossa e la Wehrmacht tedesca durante la battaglia di Budapest.

The desperate struggle between the Wehrmacht and the Red Army for Budapest in 1944 and 1945 was as lethal and destructive as any of the urban battles fought during the Second World War. The losses of men and equipment sustained by the Germans were so great that they hastened the collapse of Hitler&rsquos regime. Yet what happened in Budapest is less well remembered today than other flashpoints in the conflict on the Eastern Front. Anthony Tucker-Jones&rsquos photographic history is a fascinating and graphic introduction to this neglected episode in the closing months of the war. The battle began with Operation Panzerfaust in October 1944 when the Germans seized Hungarian leader Admiral Horthy to prevent his country defecting to the Soviets. Red Army advances then left German and Hungarian units trapped in the city and sparked fifty days of intense fighting. Then in March 1945 Hitler launched Operation Spring Awakening, the reckless final German offensive of the war, designed to recapture Budapest and stabilize the Eastern Front. It failed spectacularly, opening the road to Vienna for the Red Army. The selection of archive photographs gives a sharp insight into every aspect of the fighting in and around Budapest and records the ravaged city the battle left behind.


Images of War: Armoured Warfare and the Fall of France, 1940, Anthony Tucker-Jones - History

Armoured Warfare and the Fall of France (ePub)

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

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At 21:00 on 9 May 1940 Codeword Danzig was issued alerting Adolf Hitler's airborne troops that they were about to spearhead an attack on Belgium and the Netherlands. The following day his blitzkrieg rolled forward striking the British Expeditionary Force and the French armies in Belgium and in northern France at Sedan.

The desperate attempts of the allied armies to stem the Nazi tide proved futile and, once their reserves had been exhausted and the remaining forces cut off, Paris lay open. By early June, it was all over - trapped British, Belgian and French troops were forced to evacuate Dunkirk, Calais and Boulogne and the defeated French army agreed to an armistice leaving the country divided in two.

This dramatic story is shown in a sequence of over 150 historic photographs that Anthony Tucker-Jones he has selected for this memorable book. The images he has chosen cover every aspect of this extraordinary campaign, but his main focus is on the vital role played by the armoured fighting vehicles of both sides. The book is a graphic record of the destruction wrought by the Wehrmacht's lightning offensive through the Low Countries and France.

This entry in the Images of War series looks at the Western European campaign of 1940, which saw the Germans conquer Belgium, Holland and France and force the BEF to evacuate the Continent, leaving most of its equipment behind.

We begin with a series of chapters on the forces involved, starting with chapters of French tanks and the Maginot Line, then British tanks and finally German tanks. After that each chapter looks at part of the campaign. First comes the invasion of Belgium and Holland, then the breakthrough on the Meuse, two chapters looking at French and British counterattacks, and finishing with chapters on the evacuation from Dunkirk and the final fall of France.

I like the balance of the content here, which doesn't just focus on the British experience, but includes the entire campaign - it was nice to see a full chapter on the fall of France, which is often skipped over in English language works as it comes after the BEF had largely disappeared from the Continent.

. The chapter introductions are good, and provide a useful history of the campaign. The captions are accurate, and relate directly to the pictures. Some tell the story of the campaign, others set the scene or provide valuable context. The pictures themselves are interesting and well chosen.

historyofwar.org

Armored warfare played a vital role in Hitler's early conquests. If you're seeking a visual precis of its role in France's ignominious 1940 defeat, Pen & Sword's graphic record nicely fits the bill.
Recommended.

www.cybermodeler.com

An excellent publication that covers in great detail this first campaign of World War II in the west. The pictures capture the hopelessness of the Allied cause and the many new photographs are reinforced by the eloquent text. The pictures of the AFVs from both sides make this an essential book for anyone interested in this campaign. Highly recommended.

Miniature Armoured Fighting Vehicle Association

An interesting and good value read for the historian, while the collection of archive photos give some great details and ideas for the modeller interested in this period as well.

Military Modelling

I don't have any hesitation in recommending this book. The Images of War range continues to expand, going from strength to strength. I can keep telling you these bold truths. It's up to you whether you want to put your hand in your pocket but I would if I were you.

War History Online

Another great addition to this popular series of books.

Military Machines International

About Anthony Tucker-Jones

Anthony Tucker-Jones, a former intelligence officer, is an author and commentator who specialises in military history, with more than 50 books to his name. His work has also been published in an array of magazines and online. He regularly appears on television and radio programmes commenting on current and historical military matters. His books include Stalin&rsquos Revenge , Slaughter on the Eastern Front, Kursk 1943 , The Eastern Front Air War , Armoured Warfare on the Eastern Front , D-Day 1944 and The Devil&rsquos Bridge .


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