After failed reconciliation attempts, Germany finally struck in the West. In six weeks from 10 May 1940, German forces defeated Allied forces by mobile operations and knocked out the French Empire, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Adolf Hitler compares the vast difference from the first World War. Of how much death incurred in the opening months and how he reluctantly launched the campaign in the West with no options left. However after French capitulation Germany extends unconditional offers of peace on July 19th to vacate Western Europe effective immediately.