Sunday, April 07, 2013


The offensive in the West was originally planned for 12 November 1939. It had to be carried out by 67 divisions organized in three army groups. Yet controversies in the command of the German armed forces, shortages of war materials, and severe winter caused that the date of invasion had to be postponed; and it was postponed 29 times. Eventually, when bad weather conditions put air forces' operations in question, and made it impossible to attack on 17 January 1940, the date of the offensive was postponed till the spring. Troops, designated for the invasion, were kept on alert, rotated occasionally for their rest. Constant menace from the German side forced the Allies to expect an attack at any moment, and that, as the time past, lowered psychological resistance of the Anglo-French troops. More >>>