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p. 333. War in the West: 1940locked

  • Gerard L. Weinberg

Abstract

‘War in the West: 1940’ outlines Germany's plans to invade England and France. The original plan was to strike in late 1939, but the postponement to spring 1940 had three major effects on that offensive. First, the time was utilized by the Germans to remedy some of the problems encountered in the campaign against Poland. Secondly, repeated warnings of the forthcoming offensive by German opponents of the Hitler regime had the unintended effect of having the last—and accurate—warning essentially disregarded. Thirdly, the time was used for a major reorientation of the planned German offensive that interacted fatally with the plans of the French and British to cope with any German attack.

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