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Does anyone know of a good book about the Phoney War or the Sitzkrieg part of the war, up to May 10, 1940.
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A good book covering the aerial combats during the Phoney war is "Fledgling Eagles" by Christopher Shores and published by Grubb street. Well worth getting hold off IMHO
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Good question! It seems the "Sitzkrieg" is often glossed over in many a book. There is a very interesting article titled "Operation Saar: A Lost Opportunity" by Kevin R. Austra in the September 1999 issue of "World War II" magazine. It describes the sluggish French invasion of Germany on 7 September 1939 when French forces consisting ultimately of two motorized divisions and five tank battalions crossed the German border near Saarbrücken and drove five miles into Germany to virtually no opposition. On 30 September 1939, the French forces began a withdrawal back to the Maginot Line. On 16 October 1939, General der Infanterie Erwin von Witzleben's 1st Army launched a counterattack that caught a few French rearguards and advanced slightly into France.