Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Breaking Point: Sedan and the Fall of France, 1940” as Want to Read:
The Breaking Point: Sedan and the Fall of France, 1940
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Breaking Point: Sedan and the Fall of France, 1940 (Stackpole Military History)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  41 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
In telling the story of Sedan, Doughty brings to life individual soldiers, ridge lines, copses, gun emplacements, charges and bug-outs -- all the detail that creates layer and layer of opportunity or obstacle for victory or defeat. The result is an authentic grasp not only of a key battle in a crucial campaign, but of what really happens on the fields of wartime strife.
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published June 1st 1990 by Archon Books
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Breaking Point, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Breaking Point

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
Mike
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
If you are going to do a terrain walk or in-depth study of the 1940 attack through the Ardennes, then this is the book for you. If you are looking for an engaging, entertaining book on a key turning point in the Battle of France, you will have to look elsewhere. The start of the book is strong but after the initial discussion of the German progress through the Ardennes, the narrative breaks down into a lengthy and, frankly, boring accounting of who moved where and when. Except for some accounts ...more
Jonathan
An in-depth narrative and analysis of the defeat of France in 1940 by the Germans. Specifically, Colonel Doughty concentrates on the campaign as executed by Guderian's XIX Corps and its opponents in the corps' approach march across the Ardennes, its crossing of the Meuse at Sedan, and its defeat of the various French units as Guderian's troops carved out their bridgehead and consequently broke out on their way to the channel behind the main allied armies that had charged forward into Belgium. Th ...more
Oliver Kim
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Why, in 1940, did Christopher Nolan have to come to the rescue of 340,000 Allied troops on a beach in northern France? Or, to put it with less snark, why had the Allies (principally, France) performed so badly that, less than a month into the German invasion, they found themselves cornered against the sea?

"Thank God for the French Army," said Winston Churchill in 1933; and as late as 1940, France was seen as Europe's preeminent military power. Twenty years before it had repelled an invasion by a
...more
Jesse Callaghan
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good but not as good the "The Blitzkrieg Legend." Very inadequate maps.
Bob Cox
rated it really liked it
May 08, 2016
Jon Klug
rated it really liked it
Oct 29, 2012
Thomas
rated it really liked it
Sep 08, 2012
michael bailey
rated it really liked it
Dec 27, 2015
Michael Romo
rated it it was amazing
Sep 25, 2014
Thomas Matthew
rated it it was amazing
Jan 14, 2015
Jim Welsh
rated it liked it
Aug 07, 2016
Jim
rated it it was amazing
Apr 13, 2017
Travis
rated it it was amazing
Jan 31, 2018
Maceng
rated it really liked it
Sep 13, 2017
Bill Mullen
rated it liked it
Jan 01, 2011
Stein
rated it liked it
May 26, 2012
José Antonio
rated it really liked it
Apr 26, 2016
Arthur Young
rated it really liked it
Aug 23, 2017
Peter Graham
rated it it was amazing
Oct 23, 2017
David Kerby
rated it really liked it
Dec 14, 2017
Matt Caris
rated it really liked it
Mar 05, 2017
Greg Thiele
rated it really liked it
Dec 29, 2011
Steve Switzer
rated it really liked it
Dec 11, 2014
supot thaithong
rated it really liked it
Nov 23, 2015
Mark
rated it really liked it
Feb 12, 2017
Brian Mccarthy
rated it really liked it
Jul 22, 2016
Tim
rated it liked it
Aug 13, 2011
Paul Lindstrom
rated it it was amazing
May 22, 2017
Joseph I
rated it it was amazing
Oct 20, 2015
Dale
rated it it was amazing
Apr 17, 2008
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Other Books in the Series

Stackpole Military History (1 - 10 of 76 books)
  • The 12th SS: Vol.1, the History of the Hitler Youth Panzer Division
  • Condor: The Luftwaffe in Spain (Stackpole Military History) (Stackpole Military History Series)
  • Land With No Sun: A Year in Vietnam With the 173rd Airborne (Stackpole Military History Series)
  • Bringing the Thunder: The Missions of a World War II B-29 Pilot in the Pacific (Stackpole Military History)
  • GI Ingenuity: Improvisation, Technology, and Winning World War II -- Stackpole Military History Series (Stackpole Military History): Improvisation, Technology and Winning WWII
  • Fortress France: The Maginot Line and French Defenses in World War II (Stackpole Military History Series) (Stackpole Military History Series)
  • Bodenplatte: The Luftwaffe's Last Hope
  • Savage Sky: Life and Death on a Bomber Over Germany in 1944 (Stackpole Military History Series) [Kindle Edition]
  • Carriers in Combat: The Air War at Sea (Stackpole Military History Series)
  • Mountain Warriors: Moroccan Goums in World War II