Company: Osprey Publishing
Fall Gelb 1940 was a detailed German deployment order designed to launch the initial phase of Hitler's military campaign to eliminate the Western democracies from the European conflict. Osprey Publishing covers this deployment order in the new book Fall Gelb 1940 (1): Panzer Breakthrough in the West.
The objective of the Fall Gelb was to defeat the largest possible forces of the Anglo-French army by an attack through Belgium and Luxembourg territory, thereby paving the way for the destruction of the military strength of the enemy.
Chief architect of the Fall Gelb plan was OKH Chief of Staff, General Franz Halder. Halder’s plan included four parallel branches:
- Vigorous attacks against the Maginot line.
- The airborne invasion of the Netherlands by the Luftwaffe.
- A strong advance through Central Belgium.
- An additional advance through Luxembourg and southern Belgium.
The plan resulted in a swift and conclusive German conquest of France and the Low Countries in May and June 1940, as the Germans forced their way through Belgium and raced through France to the English Channel.