Saturday, July 6, 2024



Objective:  Cross Meuse River

There will be no blitzkrieg, no World War 2

if the French hold the Germans at Sedan.

Maybe.  A hundred miles of armored breakthrough

depends first on men under fire in rubber dinghies.

P a n z e r   I I

Without bridges water barriers make for 

stop and go blitzkrieg.  Defensive works

on the far bank need to be cleared of

resistance.  The rapid firing cannon of this

panzer saturates the target with 20mm rounds,

Establish bridgehead.

These fast rowing teams are sitting ducks if their

covering fire is not effective.  A couple of platoons

with a foothold on the far side enables combat

engineers to begin building a bridge.


These dive bombers replace the cumbersome artillery 

that normally accompanies an army into battle.

The Stuka's bombload is light but its aim is precise.

A fortified bunker does not withstand its attack. 

Pontoon Bridge

A road for tanks came together in a matter of hours.

The large armored force of Guderian was free to

run rapid across the tank friendly terrain of France.


French troops have been routed and German armor

now controls both sides of the Meuse around Sedan.

A number of HQ generals want time to bring up the

infantry and consolidate their forces.  Nonsense.

Delay gives the French time to regroup.  The road to

the English Channel is wide open, undefended.

Guderian forges on, unrelenting.  Flank support 

mostly nonexistent.  It's a big risk.

Hitler is unnerved.

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©  Tom Taylor



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