"Karl-Heinz Frieser's thorough research and first-rate analysis have demolished the myth of blitzkrieg and explained how the Germans achieved their miraculous success in May-June 1940. His important book adds considerably to our understanding of modern warfare."
--BRIG. GEN. ROBERT A. DOUGHTY, U.S. ARMY (RET.) Head of the Department of History, West Point, from 1985-2005 author of Breaking Point: Sedan and the Fall of France, 1940
"The 1940 blitzkrieg in Western Europe was a key doctrinal turning point in modern warfare. But it was, as Colonel Frieser points out, neither seamless in execution nor widely agreed upon at various levels of command. This book, sure to be a classic of operational history, should also be a 'must-read' for those concerned with military innovation in time of war--such as the U.S. Army has experienced during the initial stages of Global War on Terrorism and particularly in the 2003 invasion of Iraq."
--GENERAL GORDON R. SULLIVAN, U.S. ARMY (RET.), 32d Chief of Staff
"Well written and grounded in extensive archival research, Karl-Heinz Frieser's book provides the best explanation so far of the German victory in 1940. This English translation has been carefully checked not only in factual details but also in the nuances of complex explanations. The numerous detailed maps, found nowhere else in the extensive literature of the 1940 campaign, will be especially valuable to those visiting the battlefields."
--COL. WILLIAM T. BOWERS, USA (RET.) formerly on the staff of the Fourth Allied Tactical Air Force (NATO) in Germany
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About the Author
Karl-Heinz Frieser is a lieutenant colonel in the German Army and a trained military historian who has served for many years at the Militaergeschichtliches Forschungsamt (Military History Research Office) in Freiburg and Potsdam.