The Battle of France, the Nazi view.

The following is a portion of a Nazi propagandanewsletter distributed via The german Embassy in Washington DC in the period before Dec, 8, 1941.

The Battle of France

"...Chancellor Hitler’s Headquarters have released a detailed report on the Second German Offensive in France, which began on June 5 and ended when, on June 25, the Armistice went into effect. “Facts in Review” herewith presents an authorized translation of this historic communiqué.

The battle of annihilation in Flanders and Artois had scarcely ended when a second decisive assault on France was launched by the Air Force and the Army. Many divisions which had not seen previous fighting went into action.

Preceding the new operations was the attack on airports and airplane armament factories new Paris. This was carried out on June 3 by strong units of the German Air Force and resulted in the destruction of the objectives. Three units of the German Army under the command of Colonel General von Brauchitsch were ready for action the next day. They were headed by Colonel Generals von Rundstedt, von Bock, and Ritter von Loeb. The objective of this new offensive was to break through the northern French front, to throw the enemy forces back to the southwest and southeast, and after splitting them, to accomplish their annihilation.

Collapse of the French West Wing

The divisions under Colonel General von Bock, who advanced for attack across the lower Somme and the Oise-Aisne canal on June 5, were confronted by an enemy who was prepared to defend himself. The French Command was resolved to stake all its remaining forces for a last-ditch defense of the “Weygand Zone” and of its next position, the Maginot Line. A new method of defense had been devised, of which it was, above all, hoped that it would succeed in preventing the dreaded, rapid breakthrough of motorized units. In four days of heavy fighting, infantry and armored divisions of the armies under Colonel Generals von Kluge and von Reichenau and General Strauss (Infantry) forced their way through the enemy front. On June 9, pursuit in the direction of the lower Seine and Paris was in full progress. Rapidly advancing troops commanded by Infantry General Hoth reached Rouen on the same day and began the encirclement of strong enemy forces on the coast near Dieppe and St. Valéry. The enemy’s west wing was thus smashed and our west flank protected for the main operations which now ensued.

As in previous fights, the concentrated and energetic direct mass attacks of the Air Force here, too facilitated the success of the Army, particularly in the quick breakthrough to the Seine. Even as they gathered for the advance, the infantry and armored units which had been assembled there in preparation for the French counterthrust were routed by air bombing. The destruction of railroad tracks and rolling stock deprived the enemy of his means for shifting reserves and moving them up to the breach.
With the first sign of impending evacuation at Le Havre, Cherbourg and Brest, Air Force units, striking in rapid sequence, made successful attacks upon oil depots, harbor facilities and ships..."

In reality to say that the German occupation was a blow to the French nation is an understatement. The third time in less than 70 years found German soldiers occupying portions of France. It would be almost 4 years before they were removed.


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