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    The French high command believed that an armored force could not successfully be supported coming through the Ardennes.  Consequently, some of the less-than-adequate Class B divisions (equivalent to US National Guard units of the period) were deployed there and were assaulted by the cream of the German panzer troops.  Placing the best of the veterans against the worst of the untried produced the expected result.  Otherwise, the French armored forces fought the Germans to a standstill on the Belgian plains during the early phases of the campaign.  When the French infantry didn't need to worry about German panzer attacking from the rear, they badly mauled German attacks.  Most Americans don't know that the German campaign consisted of two phases (pre-Dunkirk and post-Dunkirk) and that the French, with about half the number of troops available as at the start of the campaign, ferociously defended northeast France against the Germans in that second phase with an adaptive hedgehog defense approach.  It was just unfortunate that the French defense plan was snake bit.

    "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

    by PrahaPartizan on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 08:29:47 PM PST

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