WWII - 1940, France: German Panzer Invasion - Maps of Advance & Fighting
German 19th Tank Corps & von Kleist group offensive against France, Jun40. 1st, 2nd & 10th Panzer DIv.
Artillery in sandbagged position; plane falling straight down & exploding, CU burning wreckage.
09:42:12 Map w/ animation showing break thru of Maginot line.
09:43:19 Field w/ tanks (French?) spread across; twin engine bomber overhead & Stuka. Bombs exploding, tanks moving across fields, POV inside tank. Tanks firing, one burning. Biplanes overhead. Tanks across field & firing. Stuka dive bombing. CU tanks firing. French tank captured & inspected. Tank crew taken prisoner. CUs. Heavily bandaged crewmen into car; other questioned by German officers in another car.
09:46:05 Destroyed French tank, half-track truck & other vehicles. Dead & wounded crewmen. Ambulance. Man carried on stretcher. Grave w/ swastika over & officers salute.
09:46:55 Map w/ panzer advance & breakout animated.
09:49:13 German troops advance; massive number of French prisoners of war taken (POWs). Pontoon bridge crossed. Tanks moving forward; infantry thru woods & POV along road w/ tanks. Ten British fighter planes low, infantry to ground, tank in woods; planes fire. Troops get up & go forward, tanks forward.
09:51:08 Pipe smoking accordion player & troops singing while resting by road. Pan over hillside. Germans moving forward past wrecked equipment. NOTE: Very up-beat!
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