Well, there isn't all that much around the Web on the 1940 Battle of
France. Here are some links to the sites I have found. There are probably
more out there...
La Campagne de France.
The general part of Jean-Philippe Milde's site focussing on the air battles
of the 1940 campaign. See also under Air War. In French
Quite a big Web presence with several good sites devoted to the Maginot
du 46e Régiment d'Infanterie. This regiment was assigned to
the IIe Armée and the Second
World War page contains a detailed account of operations in May and
June 1940. This seems to have been written from the official regimental
history. In French only. This link is not working
for the moment
A la ligne Maginot is also
a very good guide to the little-known southern extension the Line facing
Italy, the Secteur Fortifié des Alpes Maritimes. In French
The "Tiburce" association has a site about the Ouvrage
Immerhof in Lorraine. In French and English.
As the name implies, the TO&E's
page is full of TOEs, including some French
ones. Some of the French ones seem to be inaccurate but it is a useful
page nonetheless. In English. This link is
not working for the moment
Tanks and other vehicles [ Top
of Page ]
Quite a few armour sites have pictures of wartime, preserved or model French
tanks. Here are a few of them :
George R. Bradford of AFV News
has several 1/35 scale
plans of French AFVs for sale. These sell for $2.00 each and cover
: Char Renault D1 (ST2 Turret), Char Renault D2 (w. SA34 47mm gun), Panhard
178 B, FCM 36, AMC Renault 1935 type ACG 1, Renault R-35, Char B1 bis,
AMD Panhard 178, Renault FT 17 and Lorraine 1938L APC. In English.
Tank Museum also has quite a few very affordable (£0.50 to £2.00)
of French tanks for sale. These include the Char 2 C, Char D 1, Char
D 2, Hotchkiss H 35, Hotchkiss H 39, Renault FT 17, Renault R 35, Renault
AMR 1933 VM and SOMUA S 35. In English.
||Guns vs Armour 1939
to 1945 provides information on gun accuracy and penetration, ammunition
types and armour characteristics. Data is corrected to allow comparisons
of weapons from different nations. In English.
Royale en 1939. Bertrand Daubigny's excellent site covers all of the
French fleet's warships and has to be seen. In French and English.
Jean-Philippe Milde's page focussing on the aircraft in use by the various
belligerents in 1940. In French and English.
de la Royale. An excellent site about the aircraft of the Aéronavale
since its creation. The 1936-40
page illustrates all the aircraft deployed during the period. In French
"old warbirds" site from France with some info on the Morane-Saulnier
MS 406 and Dewoitine D 520. In French only.
Uncle Ted's ADC Collection
is an excellent site is devoted to GD Webster's Fighting Wings series
of WW2 air combat boardgames with a focus on the smaller air forces. There
are data cards for most French aircraft along with a lot of useful info
on his minor nation air
forces page. In English.
The British Expeditionary Force [
of Page ]
The Web Grognards site has some
ressources on games covering the French campaign of 1940 (I only list reviews,
previews and rules translations) :
Alexei Mcdonald's Travesty
of an Armoured Division is a good site dealing with the British 1st
Armoured Division in the French campaign of 1940. Also has several photos
of BEF tanks taken at the Bovington Museum. In English
A comparative review
of "Blitzkrieg 1940" (Command #42) and "Victory in the West" (GMT) by Daniel
A review of Dynamo:
Dunkirk 1940 (The Wargamer #53 - 3W).
None of these have online exhibits but they are included for those of you
who may go there one of these days.
A review of
Rommel at the Meuse (Simulations Workshop).
The Musée de L'Armée
in Paris is currently undergoing major restoration with a new WW2 wing
under contruction (should be completed by the year 2000 !). In French only
for the moment, is seems that they're still working on the English pages.
The Musée de l'Air in Le Bourget
is pretty good, although lack of space means that the exhibits tend to
The Musée des Blindés in Saumur has an awesome collection
of tanks and will soon (!) have its
own official site. There's nothing there right now but in the meantime
have a look at the Tanker
in Wonderland page on Mario Paesani's WW2
Tanks site, it should give you a good glimpse of what it's like. In
Early or Weird War Sites [ Top
of Page ]
Soviet-Japanese border clashes in Mandchuria, 1939
Dan Fox has some notes on the air fighting between the USSR and Japan during
the 1939 Nomonhan
Incident in Mandchuria. In English.
is a general site that covers mainly the ground war. In English.
The Winter War between Finland and the USSR, 1939
There are quite a few good sites on the Soviet-Finland war of 1939 :
The IPMS FI-1877 site has
picures of tanks and uniforms
from the Finnish War Museum in Helsinki. In English.
Other Weird Wars
Danny O'Hara, a.k.a. The Arch-Anorak, has a great site somewhat aptly titled
O'Hara's Weird Wars page. which even includes some pages on the Franco-Thai
war of 1940-41. In English.