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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 Jan. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472802748
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472802743
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.7 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 383,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The daring German assault by Heersgruppe A through Holland and Belgium in May 1940.

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Doug Dildy is a USAF Academy graduate with a degree in history. He attended the US Armed Forces Staff College and USAF Air War College and holds a Masters Degree in Political Science. Doug has authored several campaign studies as well as several articles covering the Dutch, Danish and Norwegian air arms' defence against the German invasions of 1940 for notable US aviation history magazines. He is a regular contributor to the amateur modelling magazine Small Air Forces Observer. Peter Dennis was born in 1950. Inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn he studied illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects, including many Osprey titles.


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Whilst this book is a reasonable attempt at describing and summarising operations in the Netherlands and central Belgium, the author clearly draws from a number of sources which neither he or the commissioning editor have bothered to verify. The order of battle of the Belgian army in May 1940 contains numerous factual errors. The armament and composition of the different types of Belgian infantry divisions is also described incorrectly. Names of commanders are referred to incorrectly, either by the wrong surname or by an incorrect rank. The author also includes various errors and omissions on the operations of the Belgian army.
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HASH(0xa5340978) out of 5 stars The One-Two Punch... 27 Jan. 2015
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"Fall Gelb 1940(2)" is the second of a two part examination of Fall Gelb, the German offensive in the West that inflicted a stunning defeat on France, Britain and their Allies. The offensive has been extensively studied, but this Osprey Campaign Series book provides a clear and concise explanation of a complex military operation. Author Douglas Dildy is clearly conversant with the operational level of warfare, as his excellent narrative demonstrates. Fortress Holland and Belgium fell as a result of good German planning and adaptive execution, and a failure on the Allied side to do the same.

"Fall Gelb 1940" follows the standard Osprey format, with an introduction, a comparison of the opposing forces, and a fairly detailed account of how the campaign in the Low Countries unfolded. The author explains how close the airborne assault into the Netherlands came to failing, and how, conversely, the Allies seemingly walked into a trap in Belgium. The narrative is much enhanced by a terrific selection of photographs, maps, diagrams and illustrations. This book is best read in sequence with the earlier volume on the Panzer breakthrough in the Ardennes, which provides the necessary context for the operation into the Low Countries. The two volumes are a very good introduction to the campaign in the West. Strongly recommended to the general reader; the student of the conflict will find much of value.
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HASH(0xa5379d80) out of 5 stars Well-written, well-researched Campaign History 4 May 2015
By R. A Forczyk - Published on Amazon.com
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In Fall Gelb: Airborne Assault on the Low Countries, veteran author Doug Dildy provides the second installment on Osprey’s latest coverage of the 1940 Western Campaign. This volume covers the German invasion of Holland and Belgium in May 1940, which played a major role in deceiving the Allies about the German main effort (which was actually coming through the Ardennes). The campaign in the Low Countries only lasted 17 days and resulted in a major Allied defeat, but has not received anywhere near the coverage that the fighting at Sedan has received. The author skillfully weaves together both German, French, Belgian and Dutch sources to describe the campaign from both sides and sheds light on aspects which are often glossed over in larger histories. Overall, this volume is well-crafted and delivered in an attractive format with maps, charts and color artwork that enable the reader to gain insight into this important campaign.

Fall Gelb (2) begins with an excellent synopsis of Allied, Neutral and German planning. The Dutch belief in “Fortress Holland” was based on the anachronistic assumption that the Germans would have great difficulty in crossing water barriers, but lacked the forces necessary to adequately defend these barriers. While the French Dyle Plan has been discussed in many books, including Fall Gelb (1), the inherent weakness in the plan is most evident here when the lack of Dutch and Belgian preparations is exposed. The German Heeresgruppe A was essentially a supporting attack, with a novel use of Kurt Student’s 7. Fliegerdivision to conduct large-scale airborne operations in Holland. The section on Opposing Forces, which is 13 pages long, is also excellent and includes a detailed Order of Battle.

The campaign narrative begins with excellent overview of initial Luftwaffe air strikes in Holland and Belgium, including a superb map that depicts Luftwaffe bases, units and their targets. Student’s airborne drops are depicted in some detail, including a 3-D BEV map and a table listing drop times/units/number of aircraft and results. Although very interesting, these German airborne operations were far too dispersed and failed miserably. The AOK 18’s invasion of Holland and AOK 6’s invasion of Belgium is depicted in a number of maps, including a 3-D BEV map that shows the tank battle at Hannut on 12-13 May 1940. This volume concludes with the Belgian surrender and the Allied retreat to Dunkirk. Overall, a very attractive and well-written campaign history.
HASH(0xa5352c30) out of 5 stars Good coverage of the campaign and well illustrated 8 May 2015
By Peter Huston - Published on Amazon.com
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Fall Gelb 1940 (2) Airborne Assault on the Low Countries, Osprey Campaign, 265.
Written by Douglas C. Dildy, Illustrated by Peter Dennis. Co. 2015, Osprey Publishing. 96 pages, widely illustrated in black and white with color prints.

Scope – A single Campaign
Completeness – High
Appeal - Low
Accuracy - *

Osprey has released a pair of books describing how the Nazis over ran the democracies of western Europe in 1940. This book, the second of two volumes, tells more of the story. Previously, I wrote a review of the first volume. Basically what I wrote was that although a target audience for the book existed, and that target audience would be quite pleased with the volume, I thought, I was not part of that target audience and had difficulty judging the quality of the work. I found the scope too large and the text too detailed and too fact filled to easily follow the events that were described. I did, however, feel that to a reader with a better background in the campaign and the history, the book would be easier to follow and more useful. In short, it was not a beginner’s book and I was a beginner in understanding the period and the conflict.
But what about volume two? Good news. For whatever reason I found this one easier to understand. Therefore, I enjoyed it more.
Of course, it has the same great illustrations as its predecessor, the sorts of illustrations that Osprey is well known for. These include paintings, color photographs of modern battle sites, monuments, and museum displays, many black and white period photographs, as well as maps.
In conclusion, this is a good book for those seeking information on this campaign.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5386798) out of 5 stars Sequel to Fall Gelb (I) 1 Mar. 2015
By REY T MADLANSACAY - Published on Amazon.com
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Great read, illustrations, & historical photos!
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HASH(0xa5386bb8) out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 May 2015
By RAYMOND C. CLAY - Published on Amazon.com
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