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  • #31
    Originally posted by kato View Post
    France had the forces and the positions to breach through the border easily
    Then what? Given a race between Germany racing troops from Poland and a British-Franco attempt to exploit the breach, the trophy has to goto Germany. The best the French could do is to maintain a salient while being short on ammo. I absolutely agree if the English-French could have smashed into the Seigfreid Line with 110 divisions, WWII would have lasted 3 weeks but the sad reality was there was no 110 divisions, at least not standing readied.

    Chimo

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    • #32
      It would likely have been possible to "move" the frontline in the west to the Rhine in this early stage, at least say south of the Mosel river. As an effort it would have been on comparable scale to the German invasion of Poland, and likely also resulted in larger-scale casualty numbers.

      However that of course would have been of no military benefit at all - those 40 divisions would have by the time they reached the Rhine have faced off with the 60 divisions returning from Poland along a static line while robbing itself of the defensive infrastructure of the Maginot line and further mobilization buildup being tedious and slow (after all France had already mobilized the immediate ready reserves in August like everyone else).

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      • #33
        Originally posted by kato View Post
        However that of course would have been of no military benefit at all - those 40 divisions would have by the time they reached the Rhine have faced off with the 60 divisions returning from Poland along a static line while robbing itself of the defensive infrastructure of the Maginot line and further mobilization buildup being tedious and slow (after all France had already mobilized the immediate ready reserves in August like everyone else).
        It would have been a lot worst than "of no military benefit at all." You have exposed French Divisions in a static line going up against at the time the best armoured maneuver army on earth, being commanded by at the time, the best maneuver generals on earth. Those 40 divisions would have been surrounded and shredded.

        I don't even want to imagine what that would do to French morale. Would they sue for peace? In which case, leaving a wholely intact BEF to stay in Britain. The permutations are giving me a headache.

        All in all, it was the correct move NOT to advance into Germany ... though it really didn't save France.
        Chimo

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