A wonderful example of how well-laid plans can be screwed up by something you thought was good luck.
line of military fortifications
on the Franco-German border built
in the years prior to 1940, designed to force the Germans to repeat the Schlieffen Plan of 1914 attack France through Belgium, if at all.
And, indeed, this is precisely
what the Germans had planned
to do, and the French
to stop. And all would
have been well for the French
, if a German idiot flying out to brief a forward commander hadn't essentially
sent a copy of the invasion plans to French
high command, forcing the Germans to come
up with a new plan.
did. It involved the Ardennes, which
was the place the French
hadn't bothered to seriously defend.
The Ardennes are impassable. This sector is not dangerous
(Of course, the French
commanders weren't exactly blameless. In French army
maneouvres, 1938, the attacking commander used
Rundtstedt's plan almost exactly and managed to break through with a quarter of his forces).