British analysis of the performance of the BEF in France 1940

Started by pierre the shy, 10 March 2022, 06:36:27 AM

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pierre the shy

Came across this recently while looking for something completely different, but thought it might be of interest here. (My message bar is not working at the moment).

Post-Dunkirk official British analysis of the performance of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in France 1939 - 40:
Though much is taken, much abides; and though
we are not now that strength which in old days
moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are.

Steve J

Thanks for this, which I look forward to reading when I have a quiet moment or two:).

John Cook

Thanks for that.  An interesting document.  I had a quick look at it in order to see if it mentioned anything about the differences in performance of some of Territorial v Regular units.  The behaviour of some regular battalions was disappointing while some Territorials punched well above their weight.  I think the consensus these days is that the BEF in 1940 was not nearly as good as the BEF in 1914.