The "phoney war"
Remained passive in the face of rising dangers, London and Paris go to war without enthusiasm after the invasion of Poland. Entrenched behind their fortifications, armies remain grounded arms. Major demonstrations of the strength of Nazi Germany readying itself for war give way to images of a worn-out France and an army from another lifetime, massed behind the Maginot Line. This long period known as the “phoney war” was characterized by defensive tactics and a strategy of waiting… But the length of the wait would be countered by the brevity of the Battle of France: from 13 May to 22 June 1940, the French armies were utterly crushed by the efficient German “blitzkrieg”.