Battle of France
Part of World War II,
Date 10 May-25 June 1940
Location France, Low Countries
Result Decisive Axis victory
BritainflagUnited Kingdom
Dominion CanadaCanada
Nazi Germany FlagGermany
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svgItaly(from June 10)
In the Second World War, the Battle of France was the German invasion of France and the Low Countries, executed on 10 May 1940, which ended the Phoney War. The battle consisted of two main operations. In the first, Fall Gelb (Case Yellow), German armoured units pushed through the Ardennes, to cut off and surround the Allied units that had advanced into Belgium. In the second operation, Fall Rot (Case Red), executed from 5 June, German forces outflanked the Maginot Line and pushed deep into France.

France's capital of Paris was occupied on 14 June. On 17 June, Philippe Pétain publicly announced France would ask for an armistice. On 22 June, an armistice was signed between France and Germany, going into effect on 25 June. For the Axis Powers, the campaign was a spectacular victory.

Battle of France in In the Presence of Mine EnemiesEdit

Germany won the Battle of France in 1940. France formally surrendered to Germany in a railroad car, which was kept in the war museum of Soldier's Hall in Berlin.

Battle of France in Joe SteeleEdit

The Battle of France resulted in France's capitulation. U.S. President Joe Steele was worried that unless he provided aid to England, she might fall leaving nothing between Germany and the USA except for the Atlantic Ocean.

Battle of France in WorldwarEdit

During World War II, the Battle of France allowed the Germans to conquer the Low Countries and France, and effectively reduce Britain and her empire to being the only opponents in the fight against the Axis. In the aftermath, the Germans occupied the northern area of France, while France itself was divided into two factions. Free France which sided with the Allies in order to keep up the fight and one day regain the homeland, and Vichy France, which sided with the Axis.

Even after the Race Invasion of Tosev 3 in mid 1942, the battle was still fondly remembered by many Germans, particularly those in the Wehrmacht, as their crowning moment of glory.

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