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By 5 September 1939, after five days of war, the plans of both sides were falling apart. Marshal Rydz-?mig?y’s plan was to avoid decisive battles, buying time until Britain and France’s intervention forced Germany to pull troops out of Poland.
Invasion of France and the Low Countries
Adopting von Manstein’s plan as Case Yellow, the Germans invaded the Low Countries at 0430 hr on 10 May 1940. Knowing that they could not afford to be delayed by the Dutch and Belgian border fortifications or the numerous rivers and canals, the Germans landed assault parties by glider and parachute to seize key positions.
German Forces In Blitzkrieg
By the middle of 1939 the world was poised on the brink of war. Hitler’s Nazi Germany had occupied Austria, then Czechoslovakia while the world looked helplessly on. In August Hitler turned his eyes on Poland. This time France and Britain would not stand aside.
Staff Early War Armies – Blake’s Czech Panzerkompanie
We continue our feature on the Battlefront staff members Early-war armies by taking a look at Blake’s Czech Panzerkompanie.
Death on the Murmansk Express
Mike’s Finnish Raiding force takes on Blake’s Soviet Border Guards as they play out the Train Attack scenario that featured last week.
Fire Direction Center (UBX23)
A Fire Direction Center (FDC) quickly consolidates the fires of heavy and light weapons in order to unleash a truly heavy bombardment upon a known target. Located with the corps or divisional big guns, they also coordinate the fires of non-artillery weapons into the overall fire support plan.
M5A1 Stuart Light Tank Platoon (UBX21)
The M5A1 Stuart light tank proved time and again that speed was an essential element of armoured infantry support and flank protection. Armed with a 37mm gun and two machine guns the Stuarts proved themselves to be more than adequate in dealing with the German mobile infantry.
Obrest Gosewisch (GE891)
When facing the overwhelming Allied superiority in air and artillery at Anzio, Oberst Gosewisch remembered the tough lessons he learned as commander of 152. Artillerie Regiment facing the Soviet Army east of Orsha during the Second Battle of Smolensk. He knew to dig his batteries in for protection against the massed Soviet Artillery, erect overhead cover to hide his guns from the prying eyes of Shturmovik flying tanks, and coordinate his fire directly with the front line troops he supported.