This picture shows German Wehrmacht Heer soldiers as they receive the Iron Cross Second Class in Paris after the fall of France in 1940.
The German invasion of France was carried out in two stages: Fall Gelb and Fall Rot.
Fall Gelb was the German thrust into the Low Countries and North Eastern France in May of 1940. It saw the German Army Group A move swiftly and unnoticed through the Ardennes with the large quantity of Panzers that, after breaking through Sedan, would speed across the French countryside and up to the channel.
The British Expeditionary Force and the Best French Armies were engaging the German Army Group B in Belgium and Northeastern France, and once they realized that they had been outmaneuvered and lured into a trap, it was too late for retreat. The allied armies were slowly pushed to the coast, and at Dunkirk they would evacuate. Due to the halt of the German tanks for multiple days, the allies were able to hold their outer rear defenses and evacuate 338,000 out of 400,000 men. While this was a major defeat for the allies, Dunkirk was a miracle.
The Germans then shifted south, and during Fall Gelb, they swiftly advanced across the rest of France, flanking the Maginot Line, overrunning Brittany, and crippling much of the remaining French armies. Paris was made an open city as its defense was deemed impossible. The French were in a state of confusion, panic, and general disarray, and would eventually have to retreat the remainder of their forces to North Africa where they would fight on as the Free French.
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