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70TH ANNIVERSARY DISCUSSION (2) THE PHONEY WAR 1939-1940



  • Was there really anything “Phoney” about the Phoney War?  Should have France tried to attack Germany’s defences in the east?  Do you believe that if France had went full force against Germany…would Hitler have still tried an all out war against them?  What do you guys think France should have done and don’t forget Britain…What could the British have done if anything at this time of the “Sitzkrieg”?

    Looking forward to all your thoughts…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoney_War



  • France best chance for victory was an all out offensive. France, with British aid, may have had enough man power to push to the Rhine. The Allies had more tanks than Germany; had they made one large scale offensive they could have forced the Germans fight on the Allied terms. Most of the German armor, consisting of Panzer I, II and Czech models would have been less effective defensively. The few Panzer III & IV would have had been over burdened. Worse case would have seen the birth of a new static Western Front, a delightful dream for Stalin.

    Keep the 70th anniverary discussion postings. Good stuff.



  • i agree…Stalin would have LOVED this outcome…


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