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Germany on the Offensive - Invasion of the Low Countries

This British Newsreel - for the week of May 15, 1940 - tries to put an optimistic spin on events of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) and its efforts to add various allies. 

Germany had launched Fall Gelb (Case Yellow) - its plan to invade and conquer the Low Countries - and late on the 9th of May its forces were occupying Luxembourg.  Their offensive into The Netherlands and Belgium immediately followed.

Alarmed, the French command sent in troops (1st Army Group), but that action had a negative impact on their own fighting power (by loss of readiness and loss of fuel). 

When French and British air power was less effective than hoped-for, German flyers (in the Luftwaffe) gained superiority in the skies.  As a result, the Allies could not conduct reconnaissance missions, making the whole situation look more grim than encouraging.


Media Credits

UK Newsreel, 15 May 1940, online courtesy Google Video.

 

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