By J.E. Kaufmann
The wide-ranging linguistic talents and tremendous community of eu contacts of J.E. and H.W. Kaufmann have given them the facility to supply in Hitler's Blitzkrieg Campaigns a different compilation of narratives, charts, pictures, diagrams, and maps now not formerly to be had within the usa.
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Most of the higher ranking officers and decision making staff were World War I veterans who seemed ready to refight the last war rather than change with the times. Nonetheless, within military circles there were dynamic thinkers who were leading the way toward modern mechanized warfare. Unfortunately, a great deal of indecision and consternation prevailing among those in power held back doctrinal development. As one government after another fell, the ever changing war ministers hindered the development of an effective military doctrine.
During the 1920s French military plans centered around the occupation of the Rhineland and its use as a base for an offensive action which would quickly shut down the heartland of German industrial production. When the Germans fell far behind on reparation payments in 1923, French and Belgian troops marched into the industrial center of the Ruhr causing German production to come to a halt. The Weimar Republic's economy took a rapid downward spiral. Soon the French High Command perceived problems on the horizon, suspecting German remilitarization even before the 1920s had come to a close.
Government approved the creation of fortified regions, and the work began under Painlevé's successor, André Maginot, at the end of 1929. The plans called for creating heavily fortified regions covering vital areas; other regions would be lightly protected, if time and finances permitted. The two strongest regions were more commonly known as the Maginot Line. No major construction was ever undertaken in the third fortified region which covered the Belfort Gap and faced the Swiss border. The Maginot Line did not consist of a solid line of defenses running along the Rhine River to the southern border of Belgium as commonly depicted on maps, but rather two fortified regions: the RF (Region Fortifeé) of Metz and the RF of the Lauter.