Book review: Case Red

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15 March 2019
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While the miracle of Dunkirk is the most famous element of the sweeping German victory over France and the low countries in 1940, that story has not received the attention that later battles and campaigns would receive.

Author: ROBERT FORCZYK

Reviewed by: Duncan Evans

 

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While the miracle of Dunkirk is the most famous element of the sweeping German victory over France and the low countries in 1940, that story has not received the attention that later battles and campaigns would receive. Case Red, the Collapse of France, sets out to put the record straight, starting with German planning for the invasion, the delays, the intervention by von Manstein and the approval of his plans by Hitler. Author Robert Forczyk tackles all this in a perfunctory fashion, covering the ground well and explaining a complex situation with clarity. It does, however, fell a little sparse in places, where you might cry out for more detail. Part of this comes from the fact that it’s pitched as an analysis of Case Red, the operation for the last three weeks of the French campaign, yet there are 100 pages before the fighting even starts.

 

There are two sets of mono plates in this paperback, and there’s plenty of it with over 400 pages. It’s a good read with fascinating detail, but it isn’t just a study of the final three weeks and Case Red, as it claims.

 

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• Osprey Publishing

• 476 pages • Paperback • £12.99

 

As reviewed in The Armourer March 2019.

 

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