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« Reply #45 on: March 02, 2017, 01:51:14 PM »
The Blitzkrieg Legend: The 1940 Campaign in the West


by Karl-Heinz Frieser



Here, for the first time in English, is an illuminating German perspective on the decisive blitzkrieg campaign. The account, written by the German historian Karl-Heinz Frieser and edited by American historian John T. Greenwood, provides the definitive explanation for Germany’s startling success and the equally surprising military collapse of France and Britain on the European continent in 1940. In a little over a month, Germany defeated the Allies in battle, a task that had not been achieved in four years of brutal fighting during World War I.

First published in 1995 as the official German history of the 1940 campaign, this book goes beyond standard explanations to show that the German victory was not inevitable and that French defeat was not preordained. Contrary to most accounts of the campaign, Frieser’s illustrates that the military systems of both Germany and France were solid and that their campaign plans were sound. The key to victory or defeat, Frieser argues, was the execution of operational plans―both preplanned and ad hoc―amid the eternal Clausewitzian combat factors of friction and the fog of war. He shows why, on the eve of the campaign, the British and French leaders had good cause to be confident and why many German generals were understandably concerned that disaster was looming for them.

This study explodes many of the myths concerning German blitzkrieg warfare and the planning for the 1940 campaign. Frieser’s groundbreaking interpretation of the topic has been the subject of discussion since the German edition first appeared. This English translation is published in cooperation with the Association of the United States Army.

Editorial Reviews
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“Karl-Heinz Frieser’s thorough research and first-rate analysis have demolished the myth of blitzkrieg and explained how the Germans achieved their miraculous success in May–June 1940. His important book adds considerably to our understanding of modern warfare.”

―BRIG. GEN. ROBERT A. DOUGHTY, U.S. ARMY (RET.) Head of the Department of History, West Point, from 1985-2005 author of Breaking Point: Sedan and the Fall of France, 1940

“The 1940 blitzkrieg in Western Europe was a key doctrinal turning point in modern warfare. But it was, as Colonel Frieser points out, neither seamless in execution nor widely agreed upon at various levels of command. This book, sure to be a classic of operational history, should also be a ‘must-read’ for those concerned with military innovation in time of war―such as the U.S. Army has experienced during the initial stages of Global War on Terrorism and particularly in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.”

―GENERAL GORDON R. SULLIVAN, U.S. ARMY (RET.), 32d Chief of Staff

“Well written and grounded in extensive archival research, Karl-Heinz Frieser’s book provides the best explanation so far of the German victory in 1940. This English translation has been carefully checked not only in factual details but also in the nuances of complex explanations. The numerous detailed maps, found nowhere else in the extensive literature of the 1940 campaign, will be especially valuable to those visiting the battlefields.”

―COL. WILLIAM T. BOWERS, USA (RET.) formerly on the staff of the Fourth Allied Tactical Air Force (NATO) in Germany
About the Author

Karl-Heinz Frieser was a colonel in the Germany Army and head of the Department of World Wars I and II at the Military History Research Institute of the Bundeswehr in Potsdam. He is retired and lives in Germany.


Paperback: 536 pages
Publisher: Naval Institute Press; Reprint edition (January 15, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1591142954
ISBN-13: 978-1591142959
Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.6 x 8.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds

https://www.amazon.com/Blitzkrieg-Legend-1940-Campaign-West/dp/1591142954


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Re: Books,Films & Documentaries
« Reply #46 on: May 04, 2017, 12:10:05 AM »
A entertaining presentation of a logical fallacy. :)
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« Reply #47 on: May 05, 2017, 04:26:55 AM »
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« Reply #48 on: May 07, 2017, 03:07:35 AM »
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Re: Books,Films & Documentaries
« Reply #50 on: May 29, 2017, 06:49:49 AM »
The Phantom Army of Alamein
How the Camouflage Unit and Operation Bertram Hoodwinked Rommel

This looks interesting. I saw this book at my local bookstore yesterday, but I decided to check out the reviews first.
Who would have thought that art and mind-tricks could help to win the war in the desert! This was Operation Bertram.

- See more at: http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/the-phantom-army-of-alamein-9781408829103/#sthash.CDsiapMI.dpuf

From Wikipedia's entry on Operation Bertram.




And the best part was the ruse worked! After the battle, the captured German panzerarmee general Wilhelm Ritter von Thoma told Montgomery that he had believed the allies had at least one more armoured division than they did, and that the attack would be in the south. Rommel's stand-in, General Georg Stumme, thought the attack would not begin for several weeks. German documents and prisoners of war confirmed that the German commanders had believed in the existence of the decoy unit, and had not anticipated the true avenue of attack. Bertram had succeeded in all its objectives.

On 11 November 1942, Winston Churchill announced victory at El Alamein in the House of Commons, London and praised the success of Operation Bertram: "By a marvellous system of camouflage, complete tactical surprise was achieved in the desert. The Xth Corps, which he had seen from the air exercising fifty miles in the rear, moved silently away in the night, but leaving an exact simulacrum of its tanks where it had been, and proceeded to its points of attack."



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« Reply #51 on: August 06, 2017, 03:12:04 PM »

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« Reply #52 on: August 06, 2017, 03:59:08 PM »
How the Dunkirk movie aerial scenes were shot


Awesome.

Thanks Frankie  :thumbsup

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« Reply #53 on: August 08, 2017, 01:36:06 AM »
I watched Dunkirk the movie last night ... alone. The three other ladies in my home aren't exactly the war buff type like I (ahem) am.


My Top 32 Dunkirk Highlights:
1.   That French sand bag fortification - looks very cosy and secure
2.   Sound effects - loud, and at times shockingly jarring, just the way I like it
3.   Stukas dive bombing the men with sirens at full blast ... it's enough to drive a man insane
4.   Heinkel He 111's bomb run on the minesweeper
5.   Heinkel He 111's gunners' shots hitting the Spitfire
6.   Claustrophobic conditions below deck, prior to being sent to Davy Jones' locker
7.   U-Boat torpedo wake just below the surface
8.   The English channel, wavy, choppy, cold and dark
9.   Toast and jam, lots of it
10. Tea, lots of it
11. Harry Styles....hold on a second, which one was he? My daughters are fans of him. Me? Not a big fan of OD.
12. The boat cruise in the little ship steered by an old geezer wearing a knitted pullover that Wallace would wear
13. The little ships armada! I am sure in reality there were hundreds of them which could have been achieved
      with CGI. Still the N number that C. Nolan showed us was still a sight to behold.
14. Spitfires zooming over the channel ... those Rolls Royce engines!
15. Spitfires zooming through the clouds ... lovely
16. Spitfire pilot's horizontal sun-glasses....were those the fashion back in the 1930s/1940s?
17. Spitfire spitting fire at the Me109s and He111
18. Spitfire being hand-cranked and landing on the beach at dusk
19. Panaromic sweeping camera angles and view of Dunkirk from up there
20. The beach ... it's wide and huge
21. The waves ... don't swim in there, it's cold and dangerous
22. Peter Jackson ... his name was in the credits for special effects
23. Sitting alone in the middle seat, third row from the back, in Hall5 with about 4 other persons.
      I blame our Ministry of Education for removing World War II from our history books.
24. No gore (this after seeing Saving Private Ryan and Hacksaw Ridge) ... must have been clean
      entry and clean exit wounds every time by the German snipers. How efficient!
25. Bombs on the beach leaving no body parts, dismembered limbs or blood splatter ... keeps the beach nice and tidy
26. Finally seeing German troops in the dying seconds of the movie (is that a German helmet? Yes!)
27. No Adolf Hitler ... I've seen him too many times already on Youtube ranting about graphic cards, Senator
      McCain's defeat in the US Presidential Election, Trump being elected President and about Downfall parodies
      being removed from Youtube
28. No Winston Churchill ... save him for the other up-coming movie
29. No Ben Affleck in a Spitfire
30. Finding out that Sir Michael Caine had a cameo voice role in the movie
31. Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan combining well to produce and direct this movie;
32. Finding out now only that Emma Thomas and Emma Thompson are two different persons.


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Re: Books,Films & Documentaries
« Reply #54 on: August 14, 2017, 10:48:50 PM »
Since I'm into Dangerous Waters and Cold Waters now I try to read what I can about submarines. The book was written by a former submarines who describes some of the secret missions of US subs during the Cold War.



https://www.amazon.de/Red-November-U-S-Soviet-Submarine-Sep-2011/dp/B00DF9TE96/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1502746941&sr=1-1&keywords=red+november%3A+inside