#4, Episode: The Battle of France (1939-1940)(May 10, 1940-June 22, 1940)Maginot line= fortifications on Franco-German border: a line of fortifications constructed by the French along the border between France and Germany before World War II that failed to stop the German army from invading I.How the episode/theme came about■Following the Polish September Campaign of the preceding year, a period of inaction called the Phony War had occurred between the war's major powers. ■In April 1940, the Germans had launched an attack on the neutral countries of Denmark and Norway for strategic reasons. ■French and British didn’t expect such a rapid defeat in Poland, and the rapid victory, relying on a new form of mobile warfare, put some generals in London and Paris at unease. ■The Allies believed that the Germans could be defeated by blockade (like WWI) ■France seen as a leading military force. Phillippe Petain was convinced that thedefensewas always going to have an advantage over the offense.