The first phase of German assault on France and the Low Countries during World War II. The main part of the campaign beginning 10 May 1940. Massed German troops lined up in Berlin. Hundreds of young soldiers in uniform. Close-ups of some soldiers' faces. An animated map depicts the movement of the English and French Armies across the French city of Lille towards the Ruhr Area in Germany. Allied vehicles move to meet the German advance. British, French, Belgian, Dutch, and colonial troops move to the front in railroad train cars, trucks, and on foot. Allied soldiers on motorbikes on a street. Soldiers stand guard at a check post. Tanks, military trucks and motorbikes cross the check post. The convoy moves along. Troops in a train. Tanks on the streets. Soldiers on tanks. Hundreds of soldiers march ahead. Soldiers man artillery and guns. Soldiers use detonators to set off explosions.
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