Saturday, October 04, 2008

The Ardennes

My previous post dealt with the region that includes the Ardennes. I could not resist posting this beautiful rural scene from Wikipedia.

The Ardennes was the arena for many battles during both world wars. In WWI the Germans gained entry into France through the Ardennes despite its hills and forests, possibly because it was poorly defended.



At October 12, 2008 2:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry but you made a mistake.

Ardenne was occuppied four years during WWI, like Alsace and Lorraine.

It was in WWII that germans broke suddenly in.

At October 12, 2008 6:52 PM, Blogger tiberge said...

@ anonymous,

I don't remember exactly where I got the information, but I feel sure it was from Wikipedia somewhere. I consulted several Wiki pages. Now I cannot find the one I used. However I found this:

"However, in both World War I and World War II, Germany successfully gambled on making a rapid passage through the Ardennes to attack a relatively lightly defended part of France."

So, according to this information the Germans broke through suddenly on both occasions.


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