By Steven J. Zaloga
This absolutely illustrated learn pits Germany's PzKpfw III tank opposed to France's Somua S 35 within the substantial armored battles that opened the campaign.
The armor clashes in may perhaps 1940 have been the most important the realm had but obvious, because the German advances of that interval got here to epitomize Blitzkrieg. still the Wehrmacht's Panzer III was once compatible via the French Somua S35; the 2 representing very varied layout philosophies and but score one of the best designs on this planet on the time.
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This totally illustrated research pits Germany's PzKpfw III tank opposed to France's Somua S 35 within the massive armored battles that opened the campaign.
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The strongpoint at Crehen was held by motorcycle troops of the I Bataillon, 11e RDP. A troop of five well-camouflaged Hotchkiss H 39 tanks of the 2/3e Escadron, 2e Cuirassiers led by Sous-lieutenant Geneste were camouflaged in the foliage near the edge of the village. Around dawn, a civilian on a bicycle appeared at the edge of the village and warned the French troops that a column of friendly Belgian tanks was approaching. It is not clear if this was a deliberate German ruse, or the usual fog of war.
4. 5. 6. 7. 8. com 8 A pair of PzKpfw II of the regimental HQ company of PzRgt 35 in the fields near Hannut, Belgium, on the afternoon of 13 May 1940. The regimental HQ company had three PzKpfw I and three PzKpfw II for security and liaison functions. (NARA) CREW TRAINING PzKpfw III: PzRgt 35 34 The unit at the focus of this study is PzRgt 35 of 4. PzDiv. This regiment was formed at Bamberg in November 1938 under the command of Oberstleutnant Heinrich Eberbach. To speed along training, cadres from existing tank units were provided as the seed of the new unit.
NARA) 48 OPPOSITE The strategic situation on the evening of 12 May 1940. the ‘red cape’ deception of Heeresgruppe B was convincing. To make the ruse more plausible, Manstein sacrificed two Panzer divisions – 3. PzDiv and 4. PzDiv, in Hoepner’s XVI. ) – to take part in the Heeresgruppe B attack. Manstein felt that the presence of these Panzer divisions would reinforce the notion that this was the main focus of the German attack; a thrust without a large Panzer component would trigger the suspicion of the French and British commanders.