Yes, and Cataphrak’s “Butterlording Intensifies” post was also a reference to Mount and Blade. Referring to Harlaus’s tendency to gift fiefs to himself.
(The butterlord thing is because there was once a bug - I don’t know if it was in a mod or the core game - where Swadian villages stocked ludicrous amounts of butter, and because Harlaus loves to throw constant feasts, people concluded that the Swadian lords must be feasting on butter. Therefore, they are butterlords.)
“Colonel Eddy Bauer of the Swiss general staff asserts that what was coming was apparent to him and his colleagues in Bern. Like Halder looking at the Kuhhaut at Zossen, Swiss officers could see the weakness of the French line guarding the Ardennes. They saw the same concentrations on the German side that were noted in French and British intelligence reports. They saw all but three of Germany’s armored divisions on a line south of Liège. In their view, it seemed reasonable to expect that Germany would strike where the French were most weak. “Should one have supposed,” he writes scornfully, “that the offensive, which was expected very shortly, would begin by a curious, tight maneuver, aimed at gathering around Aix-la-Chapelle [Aachen] an enormous mass of vehicles which together would have made up a column of 1,000 kilometers?”
I’m interested to know where this map is from?
AFAIK, the first real updated War Plan after the fall of Poland was counting on a strong German push to secure Belgium by pushing for Liege and Brussels first before turning southwestward, or at least by hugging the northern edge of the Ardennes until the terrain opened up. If Gamelin had counted on the German advance being aimed directly at Sedan i don’t think he would have left reserve units to guard it and the Meuse.
Even had the GQG decided to commit to aerial interdiction in the Ardennes, i’m not sure they would have been able to pull it off. The Coalition-Warfare model came crashing down hard in 1940, and planes were quickly moved around to even up some of the contests elsewhere. Since the French were pretty much on their own when it came to Fighter Cover, they had to move aircraft from other fronts to contest German air superiority in Belgium.
Gamelin’s problem was that his goal and Daladier’s was always to keep the war as far away from France as possible. Thus while he considered the possibilities of an attack directed at Sedan, he eventually discounted it for a stand on Albert’s Canal in Belgium.
Which is why the French and British, as you are well aware, got trapped in Belgium when Kleist and Army Group A slammed through the Ardennes. (Slammed through is too much of an exaggeration, but fits what they did to Huntzingen).
It also didn’t help that the RAF doctrine in the time discounted the belief that their strategic bomber force would be of use against armored columns and troops themselves.
It still is absolutely nuts how France, the country which halted the German Army for four years from 1914-1918 and eventually (with some help) pushed them all the way back into Germany, fell within months in 1940. And it is absolutely mind boggling how Petain, the hero of the first war, ended up selling out his nation to fascism and helping run a fascist puppet state just twenty years later. I can’t imagine how big a blow to morale it must have been for the British in 1940 to see their most powerful European ally be knocked out of the war in one fell swoop. It only magnifies the courage and honor of the UK standing completely alone against Nazi Germany for a whole year afterwards.
And to think that United Kingdom and Prussia were once allies against Napolean’s France is strange …
Push back further in medieval time, England and France Embark in a 100 years war , and under Henry V almost annex part of France … UK or rather England and France have enjoy a love-hate relationship for such long …
The entire Burma campaign (and the rest of the Pacific campaign which didn’t involve the US Marines) tends to be completely forgotten. But it was the Burma campaign and also the Chinese defense of their homeland for a decade and a half which prevented millions Japanese soldiers from fighting on other fronts. China lost nearly 15 million soldiers and civilians in WWII, and it is a shame that their sacrifice is not more recognized in the west today.
I hope we have at least potentially the option of seeing how the previously told stories look in the light Burden of Command sheds on the war, but that’s more “What kind of fan would I be if I didn’t want to see everything?” than anything I’d press for.