Re: Anglo-French war plans in 1940?
Rich Rostrom wrote:
The recent example of Norway showed the
risks of inciting German pre-emption.
Sorry, but I missed the point where Norway invited Allied troops in.
If a "rumored Allied move" was enough, then Germany would manufacture
such a rumor itself when it suited it to do so. It wouldn't be the
first time either...
Also, there was the just as recent example of Denmark, which had
certainly not "incited German pre-emption" and had been invaded just
Then there was the little matter of the captured German plans showing
that Germany intended to invade Belgium anyway.
The only rational arguments for Belgium's policy were:
1. Fear of a domestic split if too "pro-French" a policy was followed,
2. "War is bad, bad, bad so anything, absolutely *anything* is worth
trying if it gives even a *tiny* chance of sitting it out".
Everything else, and certainly all the recent history, pointed the
opposite way. The Belgian government wanted to let the Allies in, or
at least to initiate detailed military contacts with them. Instead,
there were no military contacts beyond some episodic and very vague
talks between military attaches, and some Belgian divisions were still
deployed facing southward as of May 10.
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