Two hours later, the French showed the British an order they had received from Admiral Darlan instructing them to sail the ships to the USA if the Germans broke the armistice and demanded the ships.
rodgerd: I'm sorry if, you know, facts offends some cheese-eating surrender monkey meme you picked up from a cartoon and some crappy right-wing American politicians, but the fact is that the role of the British as an ally was to defend the neutral channel into France as part of a joint command. The British ran, abandoning allies and actively covering up the fact they were in retreat, denying those allies any chance to mount a last-ditch defence.
[Churchill] immediately recognized the gravity of the situation when he observed that the French government was already burning its archives and was preparing for an evacuation of the capital. In a sombre meeting with the French commanders, Churchill asked General Gamelin, "Où est la masse de manoeuvre?" ["Where is the strategic reserve?"] that had saved Paris in the First World War. "Aucune" ["There is none"] Gamelin replied.
Churchill described hearing this later as the single most shocking moment in his life. Churchill asked Gamelin where and when the general proposed to launch a counterattack against the flanks of the German bulge. Gamelin simply replied "inferiority of numbers, inferiority of equipment, inferiority of methods".
"As early as 19 May 1940 the British army had begun to prepare to evacuate it's Expeditionary Force from the Continent of Europe
Davenhill: You don't have to be some French-hating Conservative Neanderthal to think the British commanders were in a better position to know whether or not France was lost and evacuation was necessary than a bunch of internet posters 70 years later.
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