NAZI “WESTERN VICTORY” FILM SOUVENIR BOOK
This big oversized 10-1/2 x 14 inch, very heavily illustrated, 48 page softcover book Sieg im Westen (Victory in the West) is a souvenir of the 1940 Oberkommando des Heeres (OKH) film by the same name, purchased by a movie goer as a memento of the astonishing event.
In only a few days time in the early summer of 1940, untested German Army, Luftwaffe and Waffen-SS troops obliterated the highly trained, deeply entrenched troops of the French military defending their own Motherland! Never in European history had a military victory on this scale occurred. The victory Hitler won against massed British and French armed forces made Napoleon’s victories in the previous century look like maneuvers!
OKH Propagandakompanie (War Correspondent) photographers serving with the German Wehrmacht recorded every moment of the campaign in the West like no other military action in history.
From the first shots fired on 10 May, until the French government surrendered 38 days later in humiliation, and German troops marched in victory on the Champs Elysées in Paris, they covered all the action. Later that year the OKH released the movie Sieg im Westen, edited from Propagandakompanie film, and this publication was printed to be sold in theaters as a souvenir of the momentous event.
This oversized publication is splendid. The entire campaign in the west is explained in words and big, clear pictures and maps. Armored, heavy artillery, and stormboat assaults are shown as are the fleeing and surrendering French and British troops.
Also shown is the military equipment of the German Command Staff, tanks battling tanks, the unimaginable debacle at Dunkirk, the soldiers of 1940, and the mighty Maginot Line inside and out!
The film and this publication both end with a look at the victory and the French capitulation at Compiègne. German forces had captured the men, equipment and weapons (mostly unused) of over 130 divisions comprising approximately 2 million military prisoners of war including six French Army Commanders and over 29,000 French Officers!
This rare historical movie souvenir is in good used condition.
This example of Sieg im Westen is offered for sale
for $65.00 delivered by Media Mail in the continental USA.
USM book #896
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SIEG IM WESTEN
(VICTORY IN THE WEST)
NAZI FILM SOUVENIR
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