Germans execute Manstein strategy circumnavigating maginot line and attacking France through the Ardennes
France Date:1940 Duration:4 min 56 sec Sound:Yes
A French 4-star General steps from a German JU-52 trimotor transport plane and is met by German officers. They exchange salutes. Animated map shows execution of the Manstein strategy, with massed German Panzer units circumnavigating the Maginot line and attacking through the Ardennes Forest, converging in a thrust to Abbeville on the French coast. This is carried out by German General Heinz Guderian and the 29th Panzer Corps. German forces are seen moving rapidly in trucks, motocycles, on horseback (cavalry) and even with horse-drawn wagons. Pz.IV tanks of a Panzer division are seen on the move. Soldiers on Pz.III tank and horses move on the field. German infantry marches casually along a road and into a French town, accompanied by a marching band. Houses along the street. Soldiers on Sdkfz.263 8-wheeled armored car of 2.Pz.Div in a field. Other soldiers move on tanks. Germans shell installations at a French port city. German officers ride into a captured French port city.
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