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06/06/1940
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Allied HQ agreed at 12th September 1939 in Abbeville that mayor offensive wont be launched that year despite allied obligation to Poland. All preparations were made to defend France and her neighbours from German's attack. As France - German border was heavy fortified main problem was Belgium and Luxemburg. Both of them stayed neutral but their neutrality could be broken to get to France. Schliffen plan from last war was consider in French HQ as one of the most probably to execute. Ardennes were ruled out as mayor route to France because of big logistic problems. Most of French forces were placed in Lille region to enter Belgium in the event of attack. Inteligence estimate that about 100 Infantry and 7 Panzer divisions will launch at about 10th of May. Netherland will be attacked as well. Quick enter to Belgium and establish defense on Moose line should be the key in defense.

At 2nd February morning heavy artillery bombardment opened new stage of war - German's western offensive. As a whole is shown on a map. Above are studies about conquered countries. The result is that except United Kingdom there are only Axis or pro-Axis countries in the West Europe.

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DENMARK

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Caught unprepared and unaware of tragic events. Preparations for offensive against France should have taken all available enemy forces. But Germans used paratroopers to size Kobenhaven. As King and govermement escaped to London all coordinated resistance was finished.
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HOLLAND

As we can see it now German's enter to that country was a decoy - Germans just follow Schliffen plan. Progress wasnt quick and there wasnt any armoured or mechanized divisions sighted. Dutch put all available forces to defend Amsterdam but it wasnt enough to defend. Tragic events south, in Belgium and north France, made their defense useless and they capitulate on 7th of March.
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BELGIUM

Most important from all neighbours for French defense. All plans were made to help them in the event of attack. And when attack come all were done to do it. Sad thing is that was the worst thing to do. German plans simply made Belgium another dicoy and their strong 4th Panzer army a bait. Key Belgium forts on Moose were taken by Special Forces. Paratroopers secured bridges on the river and made German panzer raids very fast. That put huge preasure on French to move quick to help Belgian forces.
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They move from Lille region north east to connect with their neighbours. That never occured. 4th Panzer Army cut Belgium at half and surrounded Brussels. But the worst were to come. Two weeks after attack begun Lille felt in German hands. All French forces were trapped. And their ally capitulate on 10th of March.
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LUXEMBURG and FRANCE

Falling of Lille was the most tragic point of our defense. The main thrust of German forces - 2nd and 5th Armies - moved through Luxemburg and Ardennes to France. Capitulation of small Luxemburg was expected on 1st day of operation and the fights took hours.
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Germans simply move all their forces to Ardennes. With Luftwaffe protection over area their movements werent spoted until the very end. After mountains crossing 2nd Army and armoured divisions from 5th turn north west and moved against Lille. The rest moved to Paris. Lille was captured on 17th February 1940. That made all French armoured, mechanized and valuable infantry divisions surrouned. Cut from supplies, bombed from skies they were doomed. RAF tried to protect them but that proved to be impossible. Almost 600.000 French soldiers were taken prisoners. Road to Paris was uprotected and all French afford was to move forces to protect capitol.
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German side in a meantime prepared strike against Paris. Fast divisions were moved south. French tried their best but morale was low and after capitulation of Brussels garnison felt to point of colapse.
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Paris was taken on 20th of March. French government cancelled alliance with England and capitulate to Germans. The collapse of third biggest army of the world in less then two months was big shock to entire world. Soviets and Americans realise that the war can come to their doors sooner then they excpected and they put some efford to prepare themselves. German prestige and "Blitzkried Doctrine" seemed to be on the top.
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VICHY FRANCE
After collapse of France the new State was created - Vichy France.
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It made concessions to Germans in north and west France but kept south France with Marseille port and Vichy as a capitol. All French colonies were ruled from Vichy. Vichy was a German's puppet but stays neutral.

NORWAY
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16th May 1940 surprise attack against Norway was launched. Intelligence and Royal Navy failed to catch attack forces and Oslo felt into German hands. Quick German forces were send to Narwik and they secure country against any counterstrikes. After 5 days fights Norway surrended to Germany on 21st May 1940
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