Battle of France (10 May – 25 June, 1940): Standing as one of the most noteworthy military campaigns of the World War 2, this battle ripped up the power of Allied forces in Europe and resulted in unexpected collapse of France. During the Battle of France, French and British forces were evacuated from the war field and the northern and western portion of France were declared as German occupation zone. Till the Normandy Landings, France was under the occupancy of Axis forces.
This was the real thing. This was the Breakthrough. We saw the remains of a retreating army. Burnt-out vehicles that the RAF had caught, abandoned vehicles that had broken down, derelict vehicles that had run out of petrol, dead horses, broken wagons, scattered kit and equipment.
Normandy, 1944, push inland, the Falaise Gap: Residents of Avranches watch vehicles belonging to a US armored unit move through the street. Some of the destruction caused by the shelling of the town preceding its capture can be seen in the background.