World Battlefronts, THE WAR: We Must Be Prepared

The Battle of France was as good as lost, and the Germans admitted it. In addition to whining unofficial talk about "harsh or mild peace terms," the Berlin radio broadcast a chill War Ministry statement : "We must be prepared for a German withdrawal from France. We must expect the loss of places with world-famous names."

Adolf Hitler's newspaper, the Völkischer Beobachter, said it was "out of the question" to send reinforcements to France.

In southern France the Allied fist had struck deep into a surprisingly flabby belly. For weeks the Germans had seen...

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