The rapid victory of Hitler against France and UK (1940).

pugsville

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Couldn't France have changed course in 1936 and extended the ML fortifications to its Belgian border, though? 1936 to 1940 is four years.
In part the desire to fight on non french terroritory. There was a belfief in a long war. they did not want a long occuptaion and devastation of northern France like in ww1.


Also, why didn't the Belgians blow up the bridges in the Ardennes after the Nazi invasion of Belgium in real life?
They waited until the acutal German invasion.
 
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Futurist

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In part the desire to fight on non french terroritory. There was a belfief in a long war. they did not want a long occuptaion and devastation of northern France like in ww1.
If the M-L would have been built on the Franco-Belgian border, though, then almost no French territory would have actually been occupied.

They waited until the acutal German invasion.
What about after the invasion?
 

sparky

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#53
The Belgian Army totally stuffed the Ardennes defense ,
tanks couldn't go through , if there had been a modicum of interdiction
there wasn't , the few narrow roads were left open
a gun battery and some mines would have stopped the invasion stone cold dead
the French high command was a miserable bunch for sure but the Belgian high command seems to have been even lower still
the biggest mistake of the French was not to secure the road by themselves and defer to their ally
 

pugsville

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If the M-L would have been built on the Franco-Belgian border, though, then almost no French territory would have actually been occupied.



What about after the invasion?
IIRC a unit was despatched top do the demolitions as the German invasion started but it was not sucessful. (burt it;s been a while scince I read much on this) There was a masisve bottleneck in german supply and troop movements a couple of bridges being destroyed could have stopped there offensive. The poor French/British army-air force co-ordination, slow staff rpactices menat that a strike agianst these choked roads and bridges was delayed till the GErmans had their flak in place.
 
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there were several attempts to bomb the bridges , the RAF send Fairley and Bristol bombers .....they were creamed
the French send bombers too ... they were slaughtered
the allied escorts couldn't penetrate the Luftwaffe cover and the German AA fire was massive
 

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