Guderian goes home

Here, we have a very poignant example of personal initiative. When the Germans went off to invade Poland, they were initially full of confidence and pride. But the ravages and uncertainties of war were a bit more than they expected! At one point, on the first day even, the offensive …

On the way to Rotterdam

Leutnant Grix’ Panzer III [9.PD PR33 “100”] Fall Gelb, attack on Festung Holland, may 13th 1940 The German invasion of the Netherlands was, well, a bit of a foregone conclusion. The Dutch army hadn’t fought a proper battle sinds the 18th century – it was completely out of touch with military …

The Germans visit my home town

[XVI PC 9.PD PR33 “402”] Fall Gelb, attack on the Albert canal, may 15th 1940 The assault on Fortress Holland nearly completed, 9.PD’s eyes were already turning south. The whole point of their attack had been to lure the enemy north, as far as possible. The French and British generals …

Go West!

At dawn the First German Panzer division starred its engines. The division, commanded by general Kirchner (but Guderian leading), was to advance through Luxemburg and Belgium towards Sedan – like Verdun, a choke point in Franco-German wars. Sedan will be covered in another story, this one is about the Grand …

Before Blitzkrieg

Hauptfeldwebel Ziegler’s PzKpfw III ausf. E [4.PD PR35 “302”] Fall Weiss, attack on Warschau, september 8th 1939 In 1939, the Germans were really far from ready. They certainly had the will to go to war but not yet the experience. Their tanks were too small (Pz1 and 2s mainly), their …

Rommel at Flavion

The battle of Flavion was fought on the 15th of May, 1940 near Charleroi, in Belgium, during the opening days of Fall Gelb. It’s considered to be the second large tank battle in human history, the first one being the battle for Hanut – a few days earlier. It’s quite …