Last week, 38 days after it started, the most prodigious military performance of modern history came to an end south of Paris with the Armies of the French Republic, once supposed second to none, completely shattered, disintegrated, praying for peace.

Nazi Germany's Blitzkrieg conquest of the Lowlands and France began before dawn May 10. Within 24 hours it pierced the strongly fortified Belgian defense line at Eben Emael, north of Liege. Crashing through the Belgian Ardennes, it encountered and crushed treacherous or woefully incompetent French Ninth Army under General Corap at Sedan...

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