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An American WWII field manual, FM 17, explained the options of attacking with leading tanks, attacking with leading infantry, or attacking with a mix. An attack with leading tanks would e.g. be made when enemy tanks are encountered. In the defense, infantry would typically be forward along with recon, with tanks for the counterattack force. However, tanks ...


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Some great answers, starting with lack of preparedness, timidity and belief that time was on their side. However, I am surprised no one mentioned the seasonal timing. Northern European wars typically stagnate during wintertime and offensives happen in spring, summer and fall. By attacking on Sept 1st, Germany gave itself just enough time to complete a 4-6 ...


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Partially, the German occupying forces are speaking English when working together with the French police, especially when no translators are at hand. Is this historically proven? No, of course not. It's a movie! Just about anyone speaks English in Hollywood movies. No matter what. Use your common sense. Speaking multiple languages is not common for most ...


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Based on some of the numbers given in quotes of @LаngLаngС answer: Yes, about one half percent (0.5%) more French were learning German in 1942 Population Paris (city proper) 1936: 2,829,746 Population France 1931, 1946, 1950: 41,524,000, 40,125,230, 41,647,258 The Berlitz language school increased its enrollments from 939 adult students of German ...


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