Sedan 1940

Follow the way the German Panzers took in Mai 1940 during the second Blitz in France. In three days they crossed the Ardennes Mountains and surprised the French defenders at Sedan

During this trip you will be in the footsteps of Guderian’s Panzers and Infantry, starting at the German border and ending at Stonne South of Sedan. Within some hours the forces of the 1st German Armoured Division overwhelmed the Luxembourgian covering forces and crossed the nearly impracticable Ardennes Mountains in Belgium from May 10 1940 on.

Three days later and after an impetuous advance over 170 kilometres the German forces reached the Meuse River at Sedan in France. Once more, they took the defenders by surprise, then crossed this impressive obstacle and made finally collapsing the complete French defensive system.

Soon after, the German armour encountered for the first time heavy French tanks. This brought them close to a disaster. The culminating point of these actions happened around the small village of Stonne that changed hands 17 times in three days.

Along the roads the German Panzers used in May 1940 a lot of remnants are still visible. Most of the German and French concrete bunkers are still in place and even tanks and guns had been left on various places.

The journey is depending on your availability and your ideas. Due to the huge distances it should take several days to explore in depth this operation.