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“Actions speak louder than words. In the days to come the Goddess of Victory will bestow her laurels only one those are prepared to act with daring.” - Heinz Guderian, 1937.

In September 1939, with chilling efficiency, the German military, with the aid of Soviets, seized Poland in a battle that would last no more than four weeks. With Poland now conquered, German commanders had learned some valuable military lessons to complement those learned during the Spanish Civil War. In particular, these commanders learned to overcome their reluctance to keep pressing ahead and advancing their lines, particularly when it was clear that they still possessed an advantageous momentum against their enemy. They also learned that they must increase the proportion of their larger, heavier tanks to ensure this momentum can be achieved, and replace the thin skinned Panzer I. Hitler was also aware of these valuable lessons and pressed for an attack on the Allied forces in early November 1939, only to be delayed by relentless pleas from his commanders for additional preparation, and a very harsh winter. The delay however, was a great benefit to the German military, allowing them to upgrade their armoured and air forces, and more importantly, revise their battle plans. By May 1940, the German military stood ready to attack, with a newer, better plan, but was still outnumbered by the Allies. What the German commanders realized is that they needed something more than larger tanks and more aircraft to defeat their enemy; they needed to go beyond the element of surprise, and wage a new kind of warfare against their enemy. One that required tactical skill, a great level of initiative and daring; something that would later become known as Blitzkrieg.

On the evening of May 9, 1940, Operation Fall Gelb had begun. Several nations would fight an epic struggle to save France.

And the German military would make history.