What was the Beauman Division?

Introduction The Beauman Division was an improvised formation of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) during the Second World War, which fought in France against the German 4th Army in June 1940, during Fall Rot (Case Red), the final German offensive of the Battle of France. Background The Battle of France Refer to the Battle of… Read More

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What was the Battle of Sedan (1940)?

Introduction The Battle of Sedan or Second Battle of Sedan (12 to 15 May 1940) took place in the Second World War during the Battle of France in 1940. It was part of the German Wehrmacht’s operational plan codenamed Fall Gelb (Case Yellow) for an offensive through the hilly and forested Ardennes, to encircle the… Read More

Telling Prerequisites…

“Intelligence, knowledge, and experience are telling prerequisites. Lack of these may, if necessary, be compensated for by a good general staff officer. Strength of character and inner fortitude, however, are decisive factors. The confidence of the men in the ranks rests upon a man’s strength of character.” Field Marshal Erich von Mannstein (1887 to 1973)… Read More

What was the Battle of Gembloux (1940)?

Introduction The Battle of Gembloux (or Battle of the Gembloux Gap) was fought between French and German forces in May 1940 during the Second World War. On 10 May 1940, The Nazi German Wehrmacht, invaded Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Belgium under the operational plan Fall Gelb (Case Yellow). Allied armies responded with the Dyle Plan… Read More

What was the Battle of Lys (1940)?

Introduction The Battle of the Lys (French: Bataille de la Lys, Dutch: Leieslag) was a major battle between Belgian and German forces during the German Invasion of Belgium of 1940, in World War Two, and the final major battle fought by Belgian troops before their surrender on 28 May. It was the bloodiest of the… Read More

What was the Mechelen Incident (1940)?

The Mechelen Incident of 10 January 1940, also known as the Mechelen Affair, took place in Belgium during the Phoney War in the first stages of World War II. A German aircraft with an officer on board carrying the plans for Fall Gelb (Case Yellow), the German attack on the Low Countries (Belgium, Luxembourg, and… Read More

What was the Manstein Plan?

Introduction The Manstein Plan is one of the names used to describe the war plan of the German Army during the Battle of France in 1940, during World War Two. The original invasion plan was an awkward compromise devised by General Franz Halder, the chief of Oberkommando des Heeres staff (OKH, Army High Command) and… Read More