Blitzkrieg in the West

World War II: Blitzkrieg

Europe 1940.0525

Blitzkrieg in the West

World War II in Europe from the fall of Poland to Stalingrad (25 May 1940)

Historical Map of Europe & the Mediterranean

While the Allies were still dealing with the fall of Denmark and Norway, Germany struck west. The attack began with a German invasion of the Netherlands and northern Belgium. Then, as the Allied armies raced north to deal with this threat, the main German offensive smashed through the lightly defended hills of southern Belgium. The out-maneuvered British and French forces had been split in two.

Main Events

Neville Chamberlain resigns, is replaced as PM by Winston Churchill

Germany overruns Netherlands, Belgium, and northern France

German advance halts outside Dunkirk

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