Case Red

The Collapse of France

Case Red cover


In Case Red, Robert Forczyk shows that there was much more to the fall of France than Dunkirk. In fact, even after that legendary evacuation in June 1940 there were still large British formations fighting the Germans alongside their French allies. After mounting a vigorous counterattack at Abbeville and then engaging a tough defense along the Somme, the British were forced to conduct a second evacuation from the ports of Le Havre, Cherbourg, Brest, and St. Nazaire. While France was in its death throes, politicians and soldiers debated what to do--flee to England or North Africa, or seek an armistice.

Case Red
captures the drama of the final three weeks of military operations in France in June 1940, and explains the great impact it had on the course of relations between Britain and France during the remainder of the war. It also addresses the military, political, and human drama of France's collapse in June 1940, and how the windfall of captured military equipment, fuel, and industrial resources enhanced the Third Reich's ability to attack its next foe--the Soviet Union.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Path to Disaster, 1918–39
Chapter 2: A Shadow of Doubt
Chapter 3: The Centre Cannot Hold
Chapter 4: To the Sea
Chapter 5: Failure at Abbeville
Chapter 6: The Weygand Line
Chapter 7: Decision on the Aisne
Chapter 8: Disintegration
Chapter 9: Mussolini's Gamble
Chapter 10: Occupation

Product details

Published Jan 22 2019
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 480
ISBN 9781472824462
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Plate section in colour and black and white
Dimensions 198 x 129 mm
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Robert Forczyk

Robert Forczyk has a PhD in International Relation…


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