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Old 07-03-2013, 05:42 PM
Location: North Bronx
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Originally Posted by danielj72 View Post
The Brits should be proud of how they rallied to save the army at Dunkirk. Is it a defeat? yes technically. However those troops and material were all saved to fight another day. In reality its more of a failure for Germany, as if they had destroyed the army at Dunkirk the war would have been much harder for the allies to win. The French on the other hand folded like a house of cards. The British were expecting the French to acually fight when they sent troops there to help defend them. So to answer the OP, we see the Brits as having done a good job rescueing their army from Dunkirk. It is the French we are more critical of.
The French performance overall during WW2 with few exceptions was **** poor however its is mostly French troops that allowed Dunkirk to be the success that it was. And had Hitler really wanted he could have potentially eliminated the BEF as an effective fighting force.
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