The Crisis of Confidence May–June 1940

  • Michael Balfour
  • Julian Frisby


Helmuth spent the first three weeks of May at Kreisau, taking his first real holiday since the war began. Consequently he was out of the office when the western campaign began on 10 May, and by the time he got back ten days later the Dutch had capitulated, the vital breakthrough in the Ardennes had taken place and the German armour was racing to the Channel.


Military Family General Staff Weimar Republic Mental Conviction Occupied Country 
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  1. 2.
    G. Kennan, Memoirs 1925–50 (1968), p. 121.Google Scholar

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© Michael Balfour and Julian Frisby 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Balfour
    • 1
  • Julian Frisby
  1. 1.University of East AngliaUK

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