"Divide and Conquer is the third episode of Director Frank Capra's "Why We Fight" film series. (As seen in Netflix "Five Came Back" documentaries.)
After occupying Poland, Hitler says he has no further plans of conquest, guaranteeing the neutrality of the Scandinavian countries and Holland and Belgium. Six month later he occupies Denmark and moves swiftly to invade Norway, a strategic asset on Britain's flank. The British land troops to oppose the Germans, but Luftwaffe air superiority force them to withdraw.
After a period of inaction on the border with France known as the "Sitzkrieg," Hitler orders his generals to attack, ignoring the neutrality of Holland and Belgium. The invasion of France is shown in great detail using dramatic footage and animation to illustrate Blitzkrieg tactics, explained by a top U.S. Army intelligence officer. The Germans outflank the Maginot defensive line, breaking through in the Ardennes forest and driving swiftly to the English Channel in an attempt to trap the British Expeditionary Force and Belgium & French armies in the low countries & Northern France. The B.E.F. escapes to Britain from Dunkirk, but after a brief consolidation, German forces move South, breaking through defensive lines.
On 16 June 1940, General Pétain asks for an armistice and surrenders at Sedan to Hitler. Almost two million French prisoners of war are taken to Germany as hostages to work in forced labor camps. Northern France is occupied and the entire country subjected to ruinous taxation.
Why We Fight," is an Academy Award winning seven part film series, shown to millions of American servicemen & women to educate them about the causes and early history of World War 2. The films were produced & directed by four-time Academy Award winner Frank Capra, who enlisted in the Army after Pearl Harbor. This classic series uses a hard-hitting combination of “you are there” dramatic documentary film supplemented with easy to grasp charts, graphics and lively animation to engage the audience.