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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.

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.

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.

Polish and German paramedics during the battle of Falaise.

Polish and German paramedics during the battle of Falaise.

117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division enters the town of Saint-Fromond, France. 7th or 8th July 1944. Note the M4 Sherman dozer.

117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division enters the town of Saint-Fromond, France. 7th or 8th July 1944. Note the M4 Sherman dozer.

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.

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.

Once Upon a Time in War: French civilians passing a British MP of No. 6 Beach Group in La Brèche d’Hermanville/6 June 1944.

Once Upon a Time in War: French civilians passing a British MP of No. 6 Beach Group in La Brèche d’Hermanville/6 June 1944.

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