france will fall G1. they fell like dominos against the german wehrmacht. they were so sure of themselves, that the germans would attack their maginot-line. suprise, they did not. i just cant undersztand why all you guys want france to play a role in this game, its bound to fall. hitler wouldnt let himself have two front on mainland europe. i will serve sauerkraut and bayer in moscow by G5.
LOL, you sound like the Germans’ Wehrmacht, too, already pre-destined for victory, speaking as if it was ordained by the heavens. Don’t forget dice will play some factor in A and A too. Dice only make it more likely for certain events to happen, not perfect certitude. Watch on some games Germany loses so much steam taking France that they cease to be a factor for several rounds and end up needing to be bailed out by Italy and/or Japan later on.
Really, the French weren’t all too unprepared for the war to come, as the Maginot-line did its job superbly, funneling German troops into the Low Countries to meet the dug-in BEF and roughly half the French army. The only downside was that French planners did not expect the Germans to send massive armor formations through the supposedly impassable Ardennes and across the Meuse River without taking a fortified bridge crossing (pontoons! with tanks! yeah right!) The lighter tanks the Germans had at the start of WWII were ideal for running through “impassable” territory; heavier tanks would have bogged down the advance then.
Hitler’s original plan for invading France was for a repeat of the Schliffen manuever right on through the Low Countries again as performed earlier in WWI, and had the high command not changed his mind and rerouted the Panzer divisions through the Ardennes to cut the Allied armies in two, history might have taken a very different course!