Le Catelet - May 1940

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Le Catelet - May 1940

Post by tigre » 04 Nov 2006 15:46

Hello folks, a little doubt. Which panzer unit attacked Le Catelet on May 18, 1940?. TIA. Regards.Tigre.

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Post by Andreas » 04 Nov 2006 16:00

Hello Raul

WW2DaybyDay says it was KG Ravenstein of 6. PD.

http://chrito.users1.50megs.com/1940/ma ... 40west.htm

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KG Ravenstein of 6. PD.

Post by tigre » 04 Nov 2006 16:16

Thank you very much Andreas, I really do not know how I missed that info out. Nevertheless someone out there has a more detailed account from the KG Ravenstein's point of view? TIA. Cheers. Tigre.

Sketch taken from http://lemennicier.bwm-mediasoft.com/ar ... mba=fr#top

A war log belonging to one French Officer serving under the 9. Army's Staff captured in that town.
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Post by Andreas » 04 Nov 2006 16:38

Great find Raul

Capitaine Lemennecier was imprisoned in my town of birth, Nienburg/Weser, next to the barracks where a cousin of mine served with the Bundeswehr for a few years. A small world.

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Post by tigre » 04 Nov 2006 16:41

As you told Andreas a small world. The same for you. Cheers. Tigre.

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Post by David Lehmann » 04 Nov 2006 20:50

Hello,

Perhaps several elements that will help you.

I don't know exactly what could have been the French troops in Le Catelet on May 18. Probably only sparse infantry/logisitics/rear troops elements and I assume that the 2 armored cars mentioned in your link might have been Panhard 178 armored cars from 2e GRDI (9e DIM) present in the area. A few B1bis tanks from 2e DCr (the division is completely dispersed on a wide front) will nonetheless attack Le Catelet on May 19, 1940.

At Wassigny on May 18, 1940, there are remains/elements of the 2/8e BCC and of the 3/15e BCC from the 2e DCr.

General Billotte (Army Group 1) orders General Giraud to retreat on Le Catelet and then on Cambrai. Giraud remains a bit in Wassigny but most of his HQ is captured by the 6.PzD when reaching Le Catelet. He is not yet aware of that.

Wassigny is then evacuated, the troops are split in 2 groups:

--> 1st column leaving at 19h00 formed with tank crews having lost their tanks and carried in various light vehicles. They have to reach the Villers-Cotterets woods by Le Catelet. This group includes 1 side-car from 4e BCP, 1 motorcycle, 1 civilian car and 2 military tucks.

At 23h00, the first column is dispersed by an ambush. The road is mined and German troops and AFVs are firing at them. The French fires back but they have only small arms and few ammunition and at least one MAC31 MG coming from a scuttled B1bis tank. Several of them manage to hide and escape but many will be captured on May 19-20. Only 10 men will manage to join the French troops again and their battalion in the forest of Compiègne ... on May 28.

--> 2nd column leaving at 20h00 is commanded by Capitaine Deyber from 2/8e BCC. This group includes
- B1bis 'Adroit' and B1bis 'Eclair' from 2/8e BCC
- B1bis 'Tunisie' (which has lost its copula in a previous combat in Ors on May 18) and B1bis 'Maroc' from 3/15e BCC
- 1 side-car
- 4 Lorraine 37L supply tractors

From the 2nd column, only the B1bis 'Adroit' moves on the planned road. The other elements move to Elincourt in order to reach Le Catelet by the northern access.
The B1bis 'Adroit' is attacked at 01h30 on May 19 by German heavy guns. It goes on more north and join 2 other B1bis tanks from the 2nd column at Dehéries. These 3 tanks attack the German troops and retake Dehéries and Villers-Outréaux to the enemy. The B1bis 'Eclair' has a mechanical breakdonw. It is scuttled and abandoned.
Capitaine Deyber decides then to take Le Catelet to the German elments of the 6.PzD.
The B1bis 'Adroit' is out of fuel and has to be abandoned.
The B1bis 'Maroc' and B1bis 'Tunisie' enters in Le Catelet, inflicting significant losses to the enemy. Both tanks will nonehteless be abandoned or knocked out in Le Catelet. The crew from 'Tunisie' will be captured on May 23.

--> This 2nd column is followed by a 3rd column composed of buses carrying various infantry/logistics/HQ troops from many different units. They are led by the B1bis 'Mistral' and they leave Wassigny at 20h30 /21h00.
The B1bis 'Mistral' from 3/15e BCC is also in Wassigny but will join the other B1bis tanks later. This tank did not move with the 2nd column because the crew was exhausted after several days of combat and movement without sleeping at all. The B1bis 'Mistral' is also not very nice to see, there are many parts of German bodies (flesh, uniform parts etc.) stuck in the elements of the tranks. Mainly from the combats in Landrecies on May 17. Indeed, the B1bis 'Mistral' pursued several German soldiers by driving through the walls of a house to kill them.

Arriving at Bohain, the B1bis 'Mistral' spearheading the column spots 2-3 German AFVs and a destroyed blockade. Sous-Lieutenant Raiffaud concludes that the town is occupied by the enemy. They spent the night in the fields around. At dawn (May 19) they go on, avoiding Bohain and heading to Le Catelet.
The 3rd column meets the Panhard 178 'Fracas' from 4th platoon of the 2e GRDI (9e DIM) commanded by Aspirant Alain de Mierry. This armored car is the single survivor of its platoon. It will open the way to Le Catelet.
The B1bis 'Mistral' meets Lieutenant Magrey from 8e BCC on the road. He is included in the crew.
At 10h00 they arrive in front of Le Catelet where 2 German armored cars can be seen destroyed.
Entering in the town and crossing a square, the Panhard 178 is ambushed by German AT guns firing from different directions. The turret is hi on the right and on the left but without serious damage and no one is wounded. Immediately the 2nd driver (the Panhard 178 has a dual drive) moves back while several projectiles are passing in front of the armored car.
The B1bis 'Mistral' which remained far behind the Panhard 178 continues to advance. It destroyes an AT gun (or a tank according to the driver) hidden behind a building and moves on to the bridge over the Escaut River. Having reached the bridge, the commander sees French troops on the other bank and believes that he has joined French lines. Lieutenant Magrey bails out an want to make contact with these troops. But as soon as he has moved 50 meters, 2 German AT guns begin to fire at the stopped B1bis 'Mistral' (one on the front and one on the rear of the tank). The one on the rear manages to neutralize the French tank. Sous-Lieutenant Raiffaud evacuates the tank and jump in the river. He will cross 70 km in 48 hours before being captured by elements of the 7.PzD.

Concerning General Giroud, he leaves Wassigny during the evening too in a car with his staff officer and a NCO. Arrived at a dozen km of Le Catelet he is informed of the presence of enemy troops. They leave the car. During 3 hours they walk in the fields to avoid German troops. They arrive in Le Catelet, thinking that they will join the rest of the HQ. There is a skirmish with several German soldiers and then they hide is a forest. On May 19 morning, General Giraud is luckily rescued by a Panhard 178 armored car south-west of Bohain. It is the Panhard 178 'Fracas' from Aspirant Alain de Mierry. They will try all the day to find a way to exit but they are encircled. Finally, General Giroud will be captured around 22h00 or 23h00 on May 19.

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Le Catelet - May 1940

Post by tigre » 04 Nov 2006 21:26

Thank you David, great and interesting answer. It helps me a lot. Best Regards. Tigre.

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Post by Pips » 06 Nov 2006 08:09

David, you are a marvellous fountain of information concerning the battle for France in 1940. I am vey interested in that period as well.

If possible could you list whatever reference material you have that is available in English? Would be greatly appreciated. :)

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Post by David Lehmann » 12 Nov 2006 14:09

Pips wrote:David, you are a marvellous fountain of information concerning the battle for France in 1940. I am vey interested in that period as well.

If possible could you list whatever reference material you have that is available in English? Would be greatly appreciated. :)
Hello Pips,

In fact I have very little in English language. I must admit that I am always (stupidly) a bit biaised against English/US language sources when it comes to the 1940 western campaign and the French Army.
I have the feeling they often caricaturize the French Army or simply ignored it (despite about 100,000 KIAs in 45 days). Articles bear repeating that the British troops went to Belgium, had to withdraw due to their inept allies collapsing all around them, but fortunately their navy and the RAF brought out the Miracle of Dunkirk. That's too often all about the 1940 campaign. Oh I forgot the supposed only counter-attack being launched by British troops: Arras. Completely ignoring many many other 100% French attacks and combats and ignoring the fact that in Arras the French were also present.
But on the other side I must clearly admit that I did not read many English sources and that e.g. IMHO Jeffery Gunsburg made an excellent work in his book ("Divided and Conquered") and articles.
The German colonel/researcher Karl-Heinz Frieser made also a very good work available for long in German and French ... but also very recently in English.

There are also several testimonies translated in English like these:
http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?t=97579&

There are various English books I did not read, I can't say what they are worth:
Julian Jackson's "The Fall of France"
Horne's "To Lose A Battle".
"The Breaking Point" by Doughty

Older books like:
"The Collapse of the Third Republic" by Shirer
"Why France Fell" by Guy Chapman
"The War in France & Flanders" by Ellis
a picture book with text "The Fall of France-Act With Daring" by Martin Evans

Otherwise my bibliography is:

Main "technical" sources :
• "1940 L'infanterie" (collection armes et uniformes, François Vauvillier)
• "Chars B au combat - Hommes et matériels du 15e BCC" (Stéphane Bonnaud)
• "Cours des officiers spécialistes artificiers - conférence sur les munitions" (Parc régional de réparation et d'entretien du matériel de Bourges, mars 1940)
• "Denkschrift über die französische Landesbefestigung" (Berlin 1941)
• "France 1940 – l'armement terrestre" (Stéphane Ferrard)
• "Hommes et ouvrages de la Ligne Maginot" (3 volumes, Jean-Yves Mary et Alain Hohnadel)
• "Kennbläter fremden Geräts" (Heft 8a und Heft 8b) (Berlin 1941)
• "L'armement de l'infanterie française 1918-1940" (Gazette des armes, special edition)
• "L'automobile sous l'uniforme" (François Vauvillier)
• "Les automitrailleuses de reconnaissance – tome 1 : l'AMR 33 Renault" (François Vauvillier)
• "Les automitrailleuses de reconnaissance – tome 2 : l'AMR 35 Renault" (François Vauvillier)
• "Les canons de la Victoire 1914-1918 – tome 1 : l'artillerie de campagne" (François Vauvillier & Pierre Touzin)
• "Les engins blindés français 1920-1945" – volume 1 (Pierre Touzin)
• "Les matériels de l'armée de terre française 1940" (2 volumes, Stéphane Ferrard)
• "Les véhicules blindés français 1900-1940" (Pierre Touzin)
• "The French army 1939-1940 – organisation, order of battle, operational history" (4 volumes, Lee Sharp)
• Direction Générale de l'Armement, various official technical documents from 1939-1940
• Service Historique de l'Armée de Terre
• Trackstory n°1 : Somua S35
• Trackstory n°2 : Panhard 178
• Trackstory n°3 : Renault B1bis
• Trackstory n°4 : Renault R35/40
• Trackstory n°5 : Juin 40, l'impossible sursaut
• Trackstory n°6 : Hotchkiss H35 / H39
• Various 1936-1940 French military manuals including :
o "Aide-mémoire de l'officier de cavalerie en campagne" (Ministère de la Guerre, 1939)
o "Aide-mémoire de l'officier de réserve d'infanterie" (Lieutenant-Colonel Arendt, 1940)
o "Aide-mémoire d'instruction pour les unités de chars légers – instruction tactique du chef de char" (1936)
o "Aide-mémoire du mitrailleur" (Capitaine Vidal, 1939)
o "Aide-mémoire pour les travaux d'état-major" (Ecole Supérieure de Guerre, 1939)
o "Connaissance et emploi des armes et engins de l'infanterie " (Lieutenant-Colonel G. Paillé, 1937)
o "Cours d'artillerie – 2e volume" (Ecole Spéciale Militaire – Saint-Cyr - 1939-1940)
o "Cours d'artillerie – Tome 1" (Ecole Militaire de l'infanterie - 1936)
o "Cours de génie – 2e fascicule" (Ecole Spéciale Militaire – Saint-Cyr - 1939-1940)
o "Description et entretien du matériel et des munitions de 155 C. Mle1917" (Ministère de la Guerre, 1932)
o "Ecole de mines et d'explosifs" (Ministère de la Guerre, 1940)
o "Instruction générale sur le tir de l'artillerie" (Ministère de la Guerre, 1940)
o "Instruction générale sur le tir de l'infanterie" (Ministère de la Guerre, 1940)
o "Instruction pour les unités de mitrailleuses d'infanterie" (Ministère de la Guerre, 1940
o "Instruction pour les unités dotées d’armes lourdes" (Ministère de la Guerre, 1940)
o "Instruction provisoire pour la pièce de mortier de 60mm modèle 1935" (Ministère de la Guerre, 1938)
o "Instruction provisoire pour les unités de dragons portés" (Ministère de la Guerre, 1936)
o "Instruction provisoire pour les sections d'éclaireurs motocyclistes d'infanterie" (Ministère de la Guerre, 1940)
o "Instruction sur le matériel automobile, la conduite des véhicules et les colonnes automobiles" (Ministère de la Guerre, 1939)
o "Instruction sur l'emploi tactique des grandes unités" (Ministère de la Guerre, 1937)
o "La recherche des renseignements dans les corps de troupe et les unités subordonnées – annexe 1 au règlement de l'infanterie" (Ministère de la Guerre, 1939)
o "L'enseignement du combat" (2 volumes, Commandant Bouron, 1936)
o "Manuel du gradé de l'armée de l'air" (Ministère de la Guerre, 1938)
o "Manuel du gradé d'infanterie" (Ministère de la Guerre, 1940)
o "Manuel du gradé du génie" (Ministère de la Guerre, 1936)
o "Manuel du mitrailleur de terre contre avions – instruction provisoire pour les sections de mitrailleuses de D.A.T. modèle 1930" (Ministère de la Guerre, 1937)
o "Manuel du service en campagne de cavalerie" (Lieutenant-colonel A. Dalmay de la Garenne, 1938)
o "Notice d'emploi des chenillettes d'infanterie" (Ministère de la Guerre, 1940)
o "Notice provisoire de la tourelle APX.1" (Atelier de Construction de Puteaux, 1936)
o "Notice provisoire de la tourelle APX.4" (Atelier de Construction de Puteaux, 1937)
o "Notice provisoire de la tourelle APX.R" (Atelier de Construction de Puteaux, octobre 1936)
o "Notice provisoire sur l'emploi des unités motorisées et mécaniques de la cavalerie" (Ministère de la Guerre, 1935)
o "Notice d'instruction sur le canon de 75mm SA Mle1935 - figures" (Lieutenant Courtier, 1939)
o "Notice de canon de 47 SA 1935" (Ministère de la Guerre, Septembre 1939)
o "Notice sur le canon de 37mm SA38" (Ministère de la Guerre, 1940)
o "Précis de tir et armement de l'infanterie" (Lieutenant-Colonel G. Paillé, 1939)
o "Règlement de l'infanterie – Première partie – instruction" (Ministère de la Guerre, 1940)
o "Règlement de la cavalerie – troisième partie – service de la cavalerie en campagne" (Ministère de la Guerre, 1937)
o "Tables de tir du matériel de 47mm Mle1937 – projectile perforant modèle 1936" (Ministère de la Guerre, 24 septembre 1939)

Other sources :
• "1e DLM - 2e BLM - Guerre 1939-1940 - Journal des Marches et Opérations du 4e Régiment de Dragons Portés"
• "100 jours, 100 nuits aux avant-postes" (Michel Caron)
• "15e batterie" (Paul Adrien)
• "1939-1940, batailles pour la France" (Patrick de Gmeline)
• "1940 Preux Demeurons – l'épopée du 6e GRDI" (Erik Barbanson) - "Batailles & Blindés" magazine special issue
• "39-45" magazines
• "Abbeville 1940 - avec la division cuirassée de Gaulle" (Jean Marot)
• "Amiens 1940 : der deutsche Durchbruch südlich von Amiens 5. bis 8. Juni 1940" (Volkmar Regling)
• "Ardennes 1940 – tenir !" (Gérald Dardart)
• "Avec la 3e DLM et le corps de cavalerie" (G. Delater)
• "Avec le 15e BCA – notes de guerre" (Edouard Vincent)
• "Avec les héros de 40" (Marc-André Fabre)
• "Batailles & Blindés" magazines
• "Blitzkrieg à l’Ouest, Mai-Juin 40" (Jean-Paul Pallud)
• "Boulogne 1940 – mourir en chantant" (André-Georges Vasseur)
• Bulletin de liaison de l'association des amis du musée du canon et des artilleurs :
o N°15 : L'artillerie dans la bataille des Alpes en 1940 (partie 1)
o N°17 : L'artillerie dans la bataille des Alpes en 1940 (partie 2)
o N°18 : L'artillerie en mai 1940 dans la bataille de Gembloux et le repli vers Dunkerque
o N°20 : L'artillerie en mai et juin 1940 dans la Ligne Maginot
o N°23 : L'artillerie de la 3e DIM du 14 mai au 7 juin 1940 - sud de Sedan - bataille de Stonne
o N°25 : L'artillerie lourde hippomobile dans la Blitzkrieg de 1940
• "Ceux de la cavalerie 1939-1940" (Francis Rico)
• "Ceux de l'artillerie 1939-1940" (Etienne Dubuisson)
• "Ceux des chars – 45 jours, 45 nuits" (Pierre Voisin)
• "Ceux de l'infanterie 1939-1940" (Jean Tournassus)
• "Chars et blindés français" (Colonel E. Ramspacher)
• "Combats dans la Ligne Maginot" (Lieutenant-Colonel R. Rodolphe)
• "Combats par -30°" (Henri Chenavas)
• "Corps à corps avec les blindés" (Henri Lespès)
• "De Gaulle chef de guerre. 15 mai – 6 juin 40" (39/45 magazine special issue)
• "De Gaulle sous le casque – Abbeville 1940" (Henri de Wailly)
• "Des forêts d'Alsace aux chemins de Normandie – La 43e division d'infanterie dans la guerre, 3 septembre 1939 – 26 juin 1940" (Thibault Richard)
• "Divided and Conquered : The French High Command and the Defeat of the West, 1940." (Jeffery A. Gunsburg, 1979)
• "Dunkerque – la bataille des dunes – 26 mai / 4 juin 1940" (Eric Lefèvre)
• "En auto-mitrailleuse à travers les batailles de mai" (Guy de Chézal)
• "Fallait-il sauver le char Bayard ?" (René Boly)
• "Franc tireur en uniforme" (André Sernin)
• Gazette des uniformes special issue magazines
o N°10 – La bataille des Alpes 1939/1940
o N°21 – Les équipages des chars de combat 1935/1940
• "Gembloux 1940 … Echec à la 4e Panzer" (Marcel Pieret)
• "Gembloux" (Henri Aymes)
• "Groupe Franc" (Albert Merglen)
• "Guderian's XIXth Panzer Corps and the Battle of France : Breakthrough in the Ardennes, May 1940." (Florian K. Rothbrust)
• "Histoire de la 5e Division Légère de Cavalerie et du 78e Régiment d'Artillerie" (1956)
• "Histoire de la ligne Maginot" (Roger Bruge)
o volume 1 : "Faites sauter la ligne Maginot"
o volume 2 : "Offensive sur le Rhin"
o volume 3 : "On a livré la ligne Maginot"
• "Histoires de Guerre" magazines
• "Historica" magazines
• "Historique des 2e et 202e régiments d'artillerie – campagne de 1939-1940"
• "Historique du 306e RACP – 1939-1940" (Colonel Brock)
• "Historique du 364e RALP – 1939-1940" (Lieutenant-Colonel Versevy)
• "Historique du 7e bataillon de chars légers F.C.M"
• "Historique du 78e Régiment d'Infanterie pendant la guerre 1939-1940" (Colonel Pujol)
• "J'étais médecin avec les chars" (André Soubiran)
• "Journal de Marches et Opérations du 4e Régiment de Dragons Portés"
• "Journal de Marches et Opérations du 77e Groupe du 406e Régiment de DCA"
• "Juin 1940 – combats sur le Rhin et dans les Vosges" (J.-Martin Busser)
• "Juin 40 le mois maudit" (Roger Bruge)
• "Juin 1940 sur la Basse-Somme" (P. Vasselle)
• "Koh Chang, the unknown battle – Franco-Thai war of 1940-1941" (Jurg Meisler, World War II Investigator, XIV, 1989, 26-34)
• "L'effondrement – 1940" (Henri de Wailly)
• "La 12e Division d'Infanterie Motorisée en 1939-1940" (Général Janssen)
• "La France est-elle défendue ?" (Général Weygand, 1937)
• "L'Arme Blindée Française (volume 1) : Mai-juin 1940 ! Les blindés français dans la tourmente" (Gérard Saint-Martin)
• "L'Arme Blindée Française (volume 2) : 1940-1945 ! Dans le fracas des batailles" (Gérard Saint-Martin)
• "L'Armée Giraud en Hollande (1939-1940)" (Lerecouvreux)
• "L'arrière garde meurt mais ne se rend pas ! La tragédie des Flandres, 1940" (Pierre Porthault)
• "L'automobiliste n°54" (complete article about the Laffly all-terrain trucks and cars)
• "La 2e division d'infanterie pendant la campagne de 1939-1940 – Le lion des Flandres à la guerre" (Robert Villate)
• "La 3e division d'infanterie motorisée 1939-1940" (General Bertin-Boussu)
• "La 12e division d'infanterie motorisée en 1939-1940" (General Janssen)
• "La 36e division d'infanterie à l'honneur, 1939-1940" (F. Soulet)
• "La Baraka. Quand la mort n'était pas au rendez-vous … 1939-1946" (Robert Le Bel)
• "La bataille de France, mai-juin 1940" (Pierre Lyet, 1947)
• "La bataille de Gien, 15-19 juin 1940" (Albert Pillard)
• "La bataille de Rethel 16 mai – 10 juin 1940" (Robert Marcy)
• "La bataille des Alpes, 10-25 juin 1940" (General Plan and Eric Lefèvre)
• "La bataille au sud d'Amiens, 20 mai – 8 juin 1940" (Pierre Vasselle)
• "La campagne de 1940" (Christine Levisse-Touzé)
• "La division de fer dans la bataille de France, 10 mai - 25 juin 1940" (Pierre-Georges Arlabosse)
• "La division de Metz (42e DI) pendant la bataille de France" (Général Pierre Keller)
• "La division de Savoie (28e DIA) pendant la guerre 1939-1940" (Revue de Savoie 1941/1942)
• "La Horgne – 15 mai 1940 – A la gloire des Spahis"
• "La Ligne Maginot Aquatique" (Paul Marque)
• "La randonnée du 9e Zouaves 1939-1940" (Lieutenant-colonel Tasse)
• "La tragédie d'Amiens – mai juin 1940" (Pierre Vasselle)
• "La victoire évaporée – Abbeville 1940" (Henri de Wailly)
• "La Xe Armée sur la Basse-Somme, en Normandie vers le réduit breton mai-juin 1940" (general Altmayer)
• "Le 1e Régiment de Chasseurs Parachutistes" (Pierre Dufour)
• "Le 19e Groupe de Reconnaissance Divisionnaire (1939-1940)"
• "Le 7e GRDI dans les combats du 10 mai au 4 juin 1940" (Laurent Soyer)
• "Le 9-9 dans la tourmente 1939-1945" (André Mudler and Yves Lacaze)
• "Le colonel De Gaulle et ses blindés – Laon 15-20 mai 1940" (Paul Huard)
• "Le coup de faux – Assassinat d'une ville" (Henri de Wailly)
• "Le défaut de l'armure : nos chars pouvaient-ils vaincre en 1940 ? Enseignements et perspectives nouvelles" (Georges Ferré)
• "Le dernier carroussel – défense de Saumur 1940" (Robert Milliat)
• "Le mythe de la guerre-éclair – la campagne de l'Ouest de 1940" (Karl-Heinz Frieser)
• "Le Nord, frontière militaire – volume 2 – l'organisation défensive de Dunkerque à Mézières 1919-1940" (Julien Depret)
• "Le temps de illusions perdues. 10 mai – 18 juin 1940" (Louis Gentile)
• "Les batteries côtières du Nord / Pas-de-Calais. France 1940 – Mur de l'Atlantique" (Alain Chazette)
• "Les cadets de Saumur" (Patrick de Gmeline)
• "Les cadets de Saumur" (Antoine Redier)
• "Les carnets de guerre de Gustave Folcher paysan languedocien (1939-1945)" (Gustave Folcher)
• "Les cinq jours de Toul" (Pierre Ordioni)
• "Les combats de 1940. 18 mai – 9 juin. Haute-Somme et Santerre – Ligne de l'Avre et de l'Ailette. VIIe Armée Frère. 1e et 24e Corps" (Pierre Vasselle)
• "Les combats du Mont-Dieu – Mai 1940" (Gérard Giuliano)
• "Les combattants du 18 juin" (Roger Bruge)
o volume 1 : "Le sang versé"
o volume 2 : "Les derniers feux"
o volume 3 : "L'armée broyée"
o volume 4 : "Le cessez le feu"
o volume 5 : "La fin des généraux"
• "Les Corps Francs 39/40" (Patrick de Gmeline)
• "Les mille victoires de la chasse française, mai-juin 1940." (Jean Gisclon)
• "Les Panzers passent la Meuse" (Paul Berben and Bernard Iselin)
• "Les soldats de 40 dans la première bataille de Normandie – de la Bresle au Cotentin" (R.G. Nobécourt)
• "Les soldats de la drôle de Guerre" (François Cochet)
• "Les soldats du béton – La Ligne Maginot dans les Ardennes et en Meuse. 1939-1940" (Gérard Giuliano)
• "Les Spahis au feu, la 1e Brigade de Spahis pendant la campagne 1939-1940" (Général P. Jouffrault)
• "L'escadron de Segonzac" (Olivier d'Ormesson)
• "Mai 1940 – Les derniers combats dans l'Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse" (Alphonse Bauche and Guy Heynen)
• "Mai - Juin 1940 : défaite française, victoire allemande, sous l'oeil des historiens étrangers" (Maurice Vaïsse)
• "Mai - Juin 1940. L'invasion de la France (vue du côté allemand) en images." (Michel Rousseau)
• "Mai - Juin 1940 : les combattants de l'honneur" (Jean Delmas, Paul Devautour and Eric Lefèvre)
• "Mai - Juin 1940, les blindés français" (Ronald Mc Nair)
• "Mémorial de France – faits d'armes de la Guerre 1939-1940" (André Paul Antoine)
• "Militaria" magazines (especially special issues n°4, 8, 17, 21, 31, 34)
• "Norvège 1940" (Raymond Sereau)
• "Notre G.R. – Carnet de route du 40e groupe de reconnaissance de division d'infanterie"
• "Orage en Champagne, l'ultime bataille – 12 juin 1940" (Claude Antoine)
• "Quelques-uns des chars 1939-1940" (René Bardel)
• "Sedan – mai 1940" (Claude Gounelle)
• "Sous la croix de Lorraine en 39-40 – La 2e DLM" (Bersaucourt)
• "Souvenirs d'une bataille perdue – 1939/1940" (Jacques Riboud)
• "Souvenirs d'un engagé volontaire 1936-1940" (André de Lipski)
• "Souvenirs et témoignages sur les opérations et les combats de la 19e Division pendant la guerre 1939-1940" (Louis Bourdais)
• "Tank-fighter team" (Lieutenant Robert M. Gérard, 1943)
• "The battle of Gembloux, 14-15 May 1940 : the 'Blitzkrieg' checked" (Jeffery A. Gunsburg, the journal of military history 64 (January 2000), 97-140)
• "The battle of the Belgian plain, 12-14 May 1940 : the first great tank battle" (Jeffery A. Gunsburg, the journal of military history 56 (April 1992), 207-244)

• "The French Army 1939-45 (2 volumes)" (Ian Sumner, François Vauvillier and Mike Chappell, Men-at-arms series n°315, Osprey)
• "Tourelles de Mai – Patrouilles de Juin" (Pierre Henneguier)
• "Une bataille 'oubliée' de la seconde guerre mondiale : Stonne, Le Mont Dieu, Tannay. 14-25 mai 1940" (Bernard Horen)
• "Une pièce anti-char de 25 du 2e RTM à Gembloux" (Louis Brindejonc, Revue Historique des Armées n°1-1987 pp 66-73)
• "Une vie de char" (Robert Le Bel)
• "Weygand, De Gaulle et quelques autres – La Somme 16-28 mai 1940" (Henri de Wailly)

Regards,

David

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Re: Le Catelet - May 1940

Post by GreatestTankBattles » 23 Aug 2010 22:31

David,

I work for a documentary series called "Greatest Tank Battles" I realize this forum is a few years old now, but do you have a copy of "Les Combats du Mont-Dieu: Mai 1940" Gérard Giuliano? We desperately need a copy, please let me know as soon as possible and we will coordinate a way to get it to here, as well as compensation.

Looking forward to your response.

Thank you very much,
Emma

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