Thread: France: WWII
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Old 8 April 2020, 12:14
Attila175 Attila175 is offline
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France had a better equipped and larger army than Germany in 1939-40. When they declared war because Germany invaded Poland, they lost a chance to defeat Germany. Germany's first line troops were in the east. If France would have attacked, there was little that could stop them. Why declare war and then wait to be attacked?

Once Germany did attack, France's over reliance on fortifications, failure to adopt maneuver warfare and squandering it's tanks as mainly infantry support instead of massing it's armor into armored formations all cost them any chance of victory.

French soldiers fought bravely but to little avail as their higher commanders wasted their men and resources.
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