Fall Rot

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During World War II, Fall Rot (Case Red in English) was the second phase of the conquest of France by the German Army, begun on 5 June 1940. It was made possible by the success of Fall Gelb (the invasion of Belgium) in the Battle of France. Before that invasion, it had not yet been decided whether mainland France would be attacked: this would depend on the outcome of Fall Gelb.

Fall Rot consisted of two suboperations: first a preliminary attack was carried out in the west over the river Somme in the direction of the Seine; the main offensive started on 9 June in the center over the river Aisne.

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