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Nazi Germany Won The Battle Of France Of 1940, Because It Was Desperate

November 14, 2019

The original Aufmarschanweisung N°1, Fall Gelb (Campaign Instruction No 1, Case Yellow), was a German army plan to push the Allied forces back through central Belgium to the Somme river, in northern France, with similarities to the 1914 campaign of the First World War.

It had to be disregarded, after a plane with the plan crash landed in (neutral) Belgium.

It was thoroughly anticipated by the French High Command, and the French six million man army was ready for it.

The French had 3,000 serious tanks, including heavy tanks the Nazis didn’t have, and couldn’t destroy. The tanks were dispersed in various elite divisions, but also concentrated in seven divisions equivalent to Panzer divisions, plus three super heavy divisions without equivalent on the Nazi side. 

The Nazis had 1,000 German made tanks, mostly light and medium. Plus 1,000 captured Czek tanks. They had ten Panzer divisions. 

British aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean, August 10,1942. The Nazis didn’t plan to have one single carrier in action before 1945…

On paper, the French plus British had much more planes than the Nazis. But half of the French air force was deployed far away, and the British kept much of their force in reserve in May-June 1940. It was estimated that, by mid-June the French air force could have recovered air supremacy over France (by recalling modern planes from far away). It threw the towel for other reason (the army couldn’t insure the safety of the air bases; so hundreds of brand new, high quality planes were flown to North Africa).

The British Navy was more than many times the Nazi Navy, and had several carriers (one of them lethally hobbled the Bismarck, which was hit by 3 or 4 torpedoes, one of which crippled its rudder). The Germans had no aircraft carrier, and just two serious battleships under construction. The French Navy was more than the Nazi Navy. It had one carrier, and was building more. Its fast battleships could handle the Bismarck class. It had large submarines.

France and Britain knew that they would have become overwhelmingly stronger than Nazi Germany within months… while staying connected to the world, including their crazy US child. Many US companies were starting to help France and Britain. Out of Franco-British airplane requirements and a contract with a US company, came the P47, the Mustang, a long range fighter which the US ended up ordering… and which was a game changer (as it escorted bomber fleets). France a six million, 110 divisions army. Britain had only a 300,000 man professional army…. but ready to train millions, after a draft. Germany had 150 divisions.

Britain, all by itself, even after France ceased fire, was able to completely embargo Nazi Germany… Disastrously for the Nazis. That meant no more oil from the USA. Germany could only get oil from the Soviet Union! After Germany attacked the USSR, it ran out of oil: it had no more in 1942, hence the mad dash towards the massive oil fields of the Caucasus, and, thus, to Stalingrad (to protect the side of the oil thrust)…. That was called Operation Edelweiss….

By the time they got to Stalingrad, then the German tanks were run down, their machinery used up, failing. And they were out of oil. And out of all too many qualified soldiers, with 50,000 of the elite fanatics killed in France, and the Nazi paratroops pretty much annihilated in a very costly victory in Crete… And then the disastrous defeat at Moscow in December 1941, in view of the golden bulbs of the Kremlin… The Nazis had lost the war, and some German officers knew it.

All of this was so obviously predictable that the desperate gamble of stealthily sneaking through south Belgium’s Ardennes most of the Nazi army became the only ray of hope Nazi generals could entertain….If the Nazi army had been detected in a timely manner, the Nazi armed forces would have been decapitated. But what else could they have done? Like the Japs at Pearl Harbor, all their options were as many avenues towards oblivion. The question was not whether they would be defeated, but how soon.

Because of a succession of (Nazi) miracles, the desperate Nazi plan of May 1940, worked…Most of the German army and air force attacked a single French reserve division in a hyper concentrated assault at Sedan… Just as in 1870 and 1914… Suicide charges by dedicated Nazi engineers had to be used to defeat French fortifications. The British Second Armored division which was supposed to be behind the French B division, had not been deployed. Had it been there, with its Mathilda tanks, superior to the German ones, the Nazi assault would have turned into a rout.

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Paradoxically, the Nazi victory of May-June 1940 insured than an already bad world war was going to get way worse. First the British had kept enough air force in reserve to defend Britain… while the Nazi air force had suffered grievous losses in 6 weeks of aerial fighting over France. So the “Battle of Britain” of August 1940 was promptly lost. Then, because Britain couldn’t be defeated, so the USSR had to be attacked… But, as it turned out, not only was Britain undefeated, but it started to bomb Berlin significantly, and then the British ruled the Mediterranean (most of it, most of the time), hence forcing a very costly intervention in Crete, weeks before the attack on the USSR, which had to be delayed). 

 

This shows that the fortunes of serious wars are full of twists and turns. On the face of it, though, the Germans should have thought five minutes about it in the 1930s: they couldn’t win another repeat of 1914. This time, the French and the British had overwhelming force. But, well, the Germans, in a feat of collective hypnosis, persuaded themselves they lost because of the Jews and the Communists, stabbing them in the back… Actually, by 1918, German explosive production had collapsed (it was perhaps 10% of France’s), and the French led offensive in the Balkans condemned Germany to starvation…

A frontal assault on the French army in 1940, as the original Nazi plan had it, would have been costly: on August 22, 1914, in furious counterattacks, the French army suffered 27,000 soldiers killed in action at the Battle of Charleroi. In one single day. That drove the aggressors mad: they engaged in a frenzy of war crimes. The initial frontal attack planned in 1940 would have brought the same sort of action, namely extremely violent French reactions… At Bir Hakeim, in May-June 1942, 3,000 French soldiers held for many days, the entire Afrika Korps and the Italian army… preventing the annihilation of the British Eight army… and the only chance for the Nazis to get to Iraqi oil.

There had been a stalemate in 1914–1916, helped by the breaking of the Franco-British blockade of fascist Germany by US plutocrats bringing crucial war supplies through the officially “neutral” Netherlands. But how can one be “neutral” when one is helping fascist invaders? The same thing was not going to happen in 1940, as Hitler invaded “neutral” countries. Thus the prognostic of the war launched by the Nazis was grim. Ludwig Beck, chief of the German general staff, said that Germany was in a much less favorable position in 1939 than in 1914. That’s why he resigned.

So why the senseless war? Just to lose it, same as somebody jumping from a tall building: it’s not done to win. An erroneous picture of Germany and fate had to come crashing to earth first.

If one wants to win a war, one better be at peace with oneself… First.

Patrice Ayme

To Understand Nazi Germany Well, Understand Twentieth Century USA

January 21, 2019

Why did the German army fight to the bitter end in World War 2?

Patrice Ayme

Truly the world war launched by Germany in 1914 (and plotted in a conspiracy as early as 1912), finished in May 1945. As soon as WWI was put in limbo (“armistice” of November 11, 1918), Germany prepared the next round, training its tanks secretly in… the USSR, of all places (hence the German delusion of knowing the Soviets well enough to defeat them).

One has to realize that Germany was at war again by 1936… In Spain… where its engagement was crucial to enable the fascists to win (the Luftwaffe carried the rebel army to Spain from Africa, among other things… thanks to US oil, from Texaco…) That is 18 years after the defeat of 1914–1918, Germany was at war again, with full US plutocratic help (the rebel army in Spain was completely US equipped, the equipment generously lent by crafty US plutocrats). (This Nazi war started in 1936 made the Wehrmacht fully trained, and thus it gave it a huge advantage for the crucial week after May 10, in 1940: by the time the French and British learned to sort out the crucial details, it was too late… The Battle of France, and its three million casualties had been lost. )

World War One, started by the fascist German Second Reich, nearly finished in tragedy for the invaders, after the tremendous French counterattack of the First Battle of Marne (5 weeks after the initial invasion). Then the Western front stayed static and hopeless, until the Second Battle of the Marne. By then the US had stopped sending ammunition material to Germany (the US had broken the Franco-British blockade, through the Netherlands!) By 1918, the French were outgunning the Germans something like one German shell to thirty French shells. The Germans were rolled back under tremendous French artillery fire… And then US troops got engaged, soon even accompanied by French tanks… 

French city of Saint Lo, Destroyed by US Bombardment, night of June 6 to 7, 1944. There were much more US bombardments in WWII destroying France than the Nazis ever did. By orders of magnitude. Some of those bombardments clearly targeted the French industrial base… and the presence of Nazis was just a pretext! (Not exactly the case of Saint Lo which suffered more than 11,000 US casualties: those Nazis could be hard to kill…)

By November 1918, the German army was finished, overwhelmed by tanks, shells and even Allied planes. All it could do was destroy and devastate north-east France as it retreated. Then came the armistice. The Germans had fought in the lands they had invaded… not in Germany itself.

The Kaiser quit, the German Fleet self-destroyed at Scapa Flow, but otherwise little changed. Germany was not invaded. Germany refused to pay French reparations (parts of France are still destroyed and forbidden, a century later!)

Germany even formally stayed the “Second Reich” (“Weimar Republic” was not the official term). The Germans behind the 1914 attack became partisans of what became the Nazi Party, and they invented the Nazi spirit: all what happened to Germany was other people’s fault (the “Slavs”, the French, the Jews, Versailles, Communists, and others who “stabbed the German army in the back”…)

The “stabbing in the back” myth was particularly strong. The theme was that the German army had not been defeated by the Allies, but by traitors inside Germany: so traitors were shot, starting in 1919. “Stabbing in the back” was scathingly suggested by a British general in jest to generalissimo Ludendorff (Ludendorff had claimed as much, that victory had been around the corner… but those pesky German traitors). Ludendorff, who was in the Nazi Party before Hitler, ran away with the concept.

German corpse at Toulon, August 1944. 16,000 French troops attacked, 17,000 Germans surrendered… And 8,000 Germans were killed… In total, more than 5.3 million German soldiers (including SS) died in combat. Most of them after, clearly, the war was certain to be lost, and the cause abominable…

So come 1945, no decent German wanted to surrender. The notion of decency in Germany had become indecent. All the more as the Germans knew, deep down inside, that they had committed crimes against humanity against Soviets and Jews, and others.

In 1919, German crimes against humanity had been ignored, because the USA wanted to own Germany, not punish it.

Instead, the French Republic, under no illusion that the German racist mass homicidal madness had been cured, wanted to defang Germany, rendering it incapable of another attack against the world and civilization…

However, another indecent, racist, mass homicidal German attack is exactly what the smartest, racist and most cruel Anglosphere influencers wanted. Hence top diplomat Lord Keynes (British) wrote that racist pamphlet: “The Economic Consequences of Peace…”… which inspired the Nazis in turn, one more reason to make them believe that the Anglo-Saxon elite had their back… just as their predecessors had believed the same about the USA in June 1914… Or they themselves had believed in 1933–1940… when the US favored the Nazis and opposed the French.

Hitler and a few others remembered that Frederick II of Prussia, faced by an enormous coalition of superpowers (France, Austria, Russia) was miraculously saved from extinction at the last moment…

First Bombing of Berlin Was By The French in 1940 (in retaliation for bombing of French cities…). Thereafter British Night Bombing started. This is how it looked in 1945…

In the end, Hitler, maybe realizing he had been a pawn of “US plutocrats” (a notion he used) hoped that, at the last moment, the Western Allies would regain their senses, make a unilateral ceasefire with the Nazis, and sweep away the Stalinian Soviets. That’s indeed what Patton obviously thought… So he pointed out his Third Army could be in Berlin before the Soviets.

And Patton was right. Zhukov and his armies around Berlin had only 200 tanks still functioning by May 1, 1945. Moreover, Zhukov, had he wanted to do so, could have easily made a coup against Stalin.

Many in the Nazi elite had been more than chummy with the Americans: Henry Ford financed Hitler massively, even before 1923. US plutocrats, through their ownership of the Hamburg Amerika Line armed the Nazis with contraband weapons in 1932. The civil war then allowed the nazis to kill 10,000 of their enemies inside Germany. A Nazi minister commented a bit later:”When I hear the word “culture” I pull out my Browning.” Indeed, the Nazis were armed with contraband US Browning pistols… The Nazi economic miracle was a US economic miracle. The Nazi economy and society was entangled with the USA (from IBM, which had a Nazi monopoly, to Harvard songs, recycled by the Nazis…)

Thus, in top Nazi circles, the hope was strong that the USA would turn around at the last moment. The Nazis had understood nothing, and in particular they had not understood why the USA had let them be.

What the top Nazis didn’t realize is that they had been played, all along: US plutocrats wanted the world, and the Nazis, and the Soviets, were their tools. That meant US plutocrats and their servants wanted half of Europe occupied by the Soviets.

General Eisenhower was on the plot. Patton, his old professor, who finished WWI as a colonel wounded in a tank attack, was not. So Patton went to the press, saying the five million men strong, superbly equipped Allied army, with its air dominance, could occupy all of Germany. In retort, Eisenhower wrote directly to Stalin, to reassure the latter that he would have half of Europe. (Notice that Eisenhower was far from the top: there were supposedly two layers of command between him and the heads of states of the West… Clearly Eisenhower knew something not yet in history books!)

Stalin occupying half of Europe justified the occupation of the other half of Europe by US forces…. Thus the USA was quickly able to seize all European empires, worldwide (so-called “decolonization” and the triumph of the “American Century” and “Neoliberalism”).

Trying to understand Nazism without understanding the racist, greedy US elite, which suggested, enabled and financed it, is like hoping to understand a world conquering carriage by interviewing the ass pulling it… instead of the driver directing it.

Patrice Ayme