Chapter VII, The Battle of France - part III
Human Players: Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, France, Soviet
Recap: The German attack on Netherland continued with an offensive against Belgium and France. British port attacks was just a lesser event for the Germans as they continued to lumber forwards...
November 3rd, 1939
Two months after the attack on Belgium and Bruxelles still stands. Wehrmacht have been more successful in western France where they have pushed the Brits back towards the Seine River. They have even come so far as to conquer a province neighboring Paris itself. Still, this is of small concern for the moment as Paris is well protected behind the river. Also, the BEF is quite comfortable with holding the Germans away behind the Seine, should they be pushed so far south. All in all, the German offensive is slow and grinding – just as the Allies wants it. However, the Allies lacks forces to really threat the German advance.
December 1st, 1939
Three month into the attack on Belgium. Very little have happened in the last month. It was obvious to the Allies that the Germans were preparing something, hoping to break the extremely slow advance. The question was what. In the end of November came the answer. A powerful panzer-thrust punched south-east of Belgium. This was the weakest part of the French front but also the least dangerous. Bruxelles fell which weakened the whole Belgian front. It would probably not last very long now. French forces were directed eastwards along the front to meet the new German advance.
British forces tried some attacks in the western sector but they had no real chance against dug-in German troops. Also, Luftwaffe had become quite dominant over France making it very tricky for Britain to utilize Bomber Command here.
December 1st, 1939
A detail from previous snapshot. The German army has reallocated the majority of their panzers and motorized units for the operation and they have managed to badly shake the French defenders who now stumbles about, trying desperately to get a new foothold.
Still, this is not a direction where Germany can reach any fast victories. Paris is far away and well protected from the east. There are few big and important cities here. France is not about to fall anytime soon.