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Stonne 1940 (Men & Battles)

Stonne 1940 (Men & Battles)
Autor: Eric Denis
Data publikacji: 2014-02
ISBN: 9782352503064
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 24.6 x 20.8 x 1 cm
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 90
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The book is full of nice photos, drawings and maps and the narrative notwithstanding the above gives the reader strong insight into the battle and more importantly from the French point of view. There are a couple of occasions where the translation wasn't completed which hints at sloppy editing or trying to rush the English version to print. That said, I'm grateful to have it in English since I don't speak a word of French.

Overall a good title with lots of information, though if unfamiliar with the actual outcome one could come away believing that France ultimately defeated the Germans. Last, the author claims this to be a local French victory. Given that the French needed to relieve Sedan and contain the German crossing at the Meuse, and the Germans were left holding the objective of Stonne after the French withdrew, I think it unrealistic to call this a French victory. It is however an apt tribute to the tenacity and the effectiveness of the French fighting man when properly motivated and led. Alas, the backward thinking French high command saw to it that the French Army was never able to fight to it's full potential. June 1940 might have a much different outcome otherwise.

On May 1940, the Panzers crossed the Meuse river. Guderian had the choice to go south and attack the rears of the Maginot line or to head west in order to encircle the French troops holding the Meuse line.The town of Stonne and the woody hills of Mont-Dieu were the single area where it was possible to try to stop the German advance. To attack the Germans, the French urged elements from the 3rd DIM, from the 3rd DRC and the 4th BCC, to face elements of the 10.PzDivision and of the Grossdeutschland infantry Regiment.Stonne saw very hard fighting, the town itself switched sides 17 times in 3 days. Some German officers mentioned Stonne among the battles they will never forget. Most of the Grossdeutschland infantry regiment of the 1940 western campaign were lost in Stonne.The town was totally occupied only on May 25, French pockets were still resisting to the enemy. The French infantry lost many men too: one of the 51 e RI company finished the battle with only five sergeants and 30 soldiers. The battle of Stonne has be called by the Germans the 'Verdun of 1940'.

.This is a book that covers both interests well and as detailed orders of combats that will be useful to wargamers .A very honest book covering the battle in detail and the strengths and weaknesses of the French army. The translation from the French reads a bit oddly here and there but a good read. A battle in which both German and French forces fought well , but in terms of the battle of France was unnecessary and in reality did not need to be fought at all.

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