Blitzkrieg in the West - The Invasion of France - WW2 - 038 - May 18 1940

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Blitzkrieg in the West - The Invasion of France - WW2 - 038 - May 18 1940 5

The German invasion of Western Europe has been going for over a week now, and the Neutral and Allied countries are in disarray. The Netherlands, despite putting up fierce resistance on some occasions, faces overwhelming powers while Belgium, France and the British feel the pressure from an organised and armoured assault from the Ardennes. And still, the German tanks, soldiers and aircraft are not all the Allies have to fear, as many of their losses are caused by their own command.

Written and Hosted by: Indy Neidell
Produced and Directed by: Spartacus Olsson and Astrid Deinhard
Executive Producers: Bodo Rittenauer, Astrid Deinhard, Indy Neidell, Spartacus Olsson
Creative Producer: Joram Appel
Research by: Indy Neidell
Post-Production Director: Wieke Kapteijns
Edited by: Iryna Dulka
Map animations: Eastory

- © IWM (C 1666)

A TimeGhost chronological documentary produced by OnLion Entertainment GmbH.

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This is the longest weekly episode of our World War Two series to this date, and boy are we proud. We made sure to make this the absolute best it could possibly be. After last weeks episode of WW2, it was hard to imagine that Eastory could surpass his efforts for that episode anytime soon, but it took him one week. Iryna, our editor in Warsaw, did an amazing job with putting together this episode. We hope you like it as much as we do. Thanks for your ongoing support and if you don't already, please consider supporting us on Patreon.

By the way, we have an Instagram feed where we dedicate one post per day of the war, which allows us to give some topics a little more attention, like the invasion of the Netherlands. You can check them out here:

Author — World War Two


The set design and Indy's outfits are always so great on this. Crazy to think there's another five years to go. Also the editing and sound design on this episode are fantastic.

Author — History Matters


Wow, what an extremely well produced episode. Top tier quality.

Author — Grishnikov



Author — Angelo Cortez


Wow, that worked? - Every German General 1940

Author — Pierre Alexander


General Huntziger played a key role in defeating the French defences at Sedan.

That sounds normal. But then you realize, he's actually a French general, not a German one.

Author — marvincz


"The tortoise has protruded his head dangerously far from the shell."

They do that when they bite.

Author — moosemaimer


Could Huntziger be a candidate for "Hotzendorf of WWII"?

Author — eggnogui


If the Germans had had Eastory’s maps in 1914, that war would have been over by Christmas.

Author — Aakkosti


20 minutes of high quality animations, maps and information. Three words:
I - L O V E - I T

Author — Soviet Doge


Let me share two diary entries from my father's diary, then a 14 year-old:

Utrecht, Tuesday May 14th, early morning:
"In the early morning I heard a strange noise. As if thousands of people with heavy boots were walking randomly through our street, but there was no one there!? When I turned the corner onto the Jutphaas rd I saw throngs of young soldiers. As I got closer I realised something terrible must have happened during the night. The soldiers wandered around with hollow, red, eyes, their clothes torn, muddied and in disorder, some with and some without weapons, some on bare feet. Some cried, others had blank faces or an expression agony, yet others again had a mad look and pointed their guns randomly at the air or at people. Then I saw at the other end of the road masses of them sleeping in the bushes and on the lawns next to the road, lying there in strange positions as if they fell of a vehicle there. Residents came out of their homes and took some soldiers in, for a quick wash, some breakfast or soup. That's when the stories emerged and some wailing began about the lost Battle at the Grebbe line and one soldier started crying and going around apologising to everyone while in tears".

Utrecht, Tuesday May 14th, around 6h pm:
"I saw a group of 5 or 6 soldiers sitting on the bridge on the Jutphase rd. I sat down with them and they were joking about girls that they were looking forward to seeing again after the war. One of them suddenly broke out in tears and cried for his mother … everyone just let him be. While we sat there the Sun grew pale and then dark. Then a cloud of what seemed shreds of paper but if you caught one it turned to ashes in your hand. One of the soldiers said 'there must be a big fire somewhere' and recommended I go home. Arriving home my father asked me where I had been. He was worried, he said, because the Germans had dropped pamphlets over Utrecht that the city would be bombed tonight if the Dutch army would not surrender immediately. At a quarter to seven the radio reported that Rotterdam was burning, its ashes raining down as far away as our home, and the army had surrendered. Outside I saw a blood-red sunset and it was clear to me life would not be the same again."

Author — Martin Frank


Huntziger refused aerial assistance.


Author — random guy


So glad you guys are willing to go over the standard time limit for certain episodes. One of my few complaints about the great war series was that certain very busy weeks were crammed into the standard 12 minute episode when they really needed to be a bit longer.

Love the maps as well, so excited to see WWII done in this way.

Author — Colin Kelly


French command: Huntziger we are sending you bombers.
Huntziger: Bruh nah I got this.

Author — Thoughtful Insanity


"We will see Charles Huntziger again."

(Looks up Charles Huntziger)

Oh dear.

Author — Sam Aronow


Damn, I thought Huntziger was fighting for the Germans but noooo he's a French general.

Author — Peace Frog


What is worse? Showing continuous incompetence like Hötzendorf or Cadorna; or failing catastrophically at a pivotal battle like Huntziger?

Author — mitanni0


Is Huntizger just Hötzendorf in disguise? Tune in next week to find out.

Author — Soviet Doge


This episode was 20 min, yet it went by so fast.

Author — Louis Swanepoel


Hopefully this channel will finally put to rest the image of the French army as 'cowardly' and 'poorly equipped.' The fault clearly lies higher up the chain of command, not on the shoulders of the brave French soldiers.

Author — Abe Herbert