WESTERN THEATRE: Battle of France

France's shoulders went back against the wall last week. No sooner had his Armies taken Dunkirk, consolidating his hold on the western coast of Europe "from the Arctic Circle to the north of the Somme," than Adolf Hitler hurled them southward against the remaining Armies of Allied Generalissimo Maxime Weygand along a 160-mile front stretching from Abbeville to Rethel (see map).

Into the first assault went 40 German divisions, each 15,000 strong. In addition there were seven armored divisions, each with 450 tanks and a brigade of mechanized infantry, plus artillery and...

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