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23 hours ago, SimpleSimon said:

Amazon.com: Case Red: The Collapse of France eBook: Forczyk, Robert: Kindle Store

Although it's a bit short on maps, it has many detailed narratives straight out of AARs. 

Thanks, had a look at the Amazon link. I should have mentioned that I'm interested in the invasion of the low countries as well. The table of contents indicated only France. Will keep it in mind though.

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19 hours ago, Erwin said:

Thanks Erwin for the maps. Maps in themselves are not a problem to get hold of, but when I read a book I want specific maps that illustrate what I'm reading about at the moment. Much more easy to follow the proceedings that way. Far too many history books are lacking in this regard.

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Another one to think about is:

https://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Point-Stackpole-Military-History-ebook/dp/B00Q5GYPBI

I have the original hard cover from back in 1990. It covers the tactics used during the breakthrough at Sedan. However, the entire campaign in France is covered in summary fashion. This is a work of pure military history by a former US army officer. "An engaging narrative of the small-unit actions near Sedan during the 1940 campaign for France."

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2 hours ago, kevinkin said:

Another one to think about is:

https://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Point-Stackpole-Military-History-ebook/dp/B00Q5GYPBI

I have the original hard cover from back in 1990. It covers the tactics used during the breakthrough at Sedan. However, the entire campaign in France is covered in summary fashion. This is a work of pure military history by a former US army officer. "An engaging narrative of the small-unit actions near Sedan during the 1940 campaign for France."

Thanks, could be a good e-book alternative.

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Thinking off the top of my head, Panzer Leader has a lot of pages devoted to France '40. I don't think it's so biased as to disregard the book completely at this stage of the war. 

https://www.amazon.com/Panzer-Leader-Heinz-Guderian/dp/0306811014

I believe I read this out of the local library too back in the day:

https://www.amazon.com/Lose-Battle-France-1940-ebook/dp/B002RI9O4Q/ref=pd_sim_351_5/141-0155759-1901179?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B002RI9O4Q&pd_rd_r=eb026e02-b3e1-4787-b199-9ddad20ae348&pd_rd_w=Foy7n&pd_rd_wg=vsZkd&pf_rd_p=52622570-ce87-4046-87cf-402c2bd33577&pf_rd_r=3BA68T80WE7Q2MWDET6F&psc=1&refRID=3BA68T80WE7Q2MWDET6F

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On 12/30/2020 at 10:47 AM, rocketman said:

Thanks, had a look at the Amazon link. I should have mentioned that I'm interested in the invasion of the low countries as well. The table of contents indicated only France. Will keep it in mind though.

The entire first 1/3 of the book is about the Low Countries phase of the invasion. 

Horne's book does not discuss the actual campaigning in France for much length, it is mostly preoccupied on French politics leading up to the Battle and is scant on details. Shirer's book is the other big work in this light and while I subjectively sort of like it it isn't very focused on the fighting and Shirer's account overall is very melodramatic. It's a bit too emotive/sensationalist to be a credible research. A good read-but not for everyone. 

Guderian's account is the one we've all read before-whether or not we think we have-and his version of events controlled the whole narrative of the battle of France for many decades. He participated in many battles and made some fairly interesting observations of the fighting-mainly ones that confirmed his many prejudgments-and at one point personally manned a 47mm anti-tank gun in an attack. (The gun was captured and he was using it against a Char tank which it failed to stop.)  

It can't be said enough that he is more than a little bit of a shameless self-promoter and major prima-donna about his role in the battle. He carried some major grudges against fellow Generals in the Heer and OKW for opposing him about mechanized forces and later took it out on some of them by chairing a tribunal which he accused colleagues of being July 20th co-conspirators. He sentenced fellow Generals and Staff to death on trumped up evidence to save his own skin. When you read his book just keep in mind that he was a very unscrupulous actor and many historians urge caution about citing him. 

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Those who win; control history. Those that lose; don't. In the case of Guderian, his accounts can not be thrown out in 2021. Like all history, take his accounts with a grain of salt. Can you image how jaded anyone's autobiography would be even if they were an angel?

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2 hours ago, kevinkin said:

 In the case of Guderian, his accounts can not be thrown out in 2021.

Which is not what I said. I advise readers to be cautious of Guderian's account of history, not to avoid it. Whole books have been written about his lies (Wolfram Wette's is one) and there are few real historians, military or otherwise, who consider him a trustworthy source. It'd be pointless to tell people not to read him since a whole generation of western war histories-many of them them written during the Cold War-cite him and other German Generals after they were released from prison. For being the "losers" of history they sure got to control quite a bit... 

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In the reference notes to the JTS France 40 game (usually very well researched) they mention two volumes of "Fall Gelb" from Doug Dildy (Osprey). Seems interesting but why two volumes with less than a hundred pages and each about 13 Euro. Got very good reviews though.

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