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The Cut of the Scythe
Master's thesis, Aug 1987-Jun 1988
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This narrative recounts the operational history of XIXth Panzer Corps advance from 10 to 15 May 1940. Its primary focus is directed at the breakthrough at Sedan. The political and military situations influencing the decision makers of the German Army General Staff and the development of the campaign plan are analyzed in an attempt to provide an understanding for the rationale of the mission, deployment, and employment of XIXth Panzer Corps and its subordinate units. A discussion of Field Marshal Erich von Mansteins recommendations and operational concept clarifies his instrumental role in the development of the final campaign plan. Traffic control, Special Operations Forces, and innovative Aerial Resupply concepts are investigated for their fusion into the Air Land Battle concept of this mobile warfare operation. This narrative furnishes a complete account of the daily operations of XIXth Panzer Corps leaders, men, and equipment. It provides a unique observation of the corps staff in its daily evaluation of the operational situation, intelligence reports, the logistic situation, and an endless friction with the next higher headquarters. Lastly, this narrative demonstrates the effectiveness of a well trained, equipped armored corps, commanded by leaders who are fully cognizant of their mission, the commanders aim, and the overall operational concept. Theses . fr
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