Battle of France

It was some 80 years ago that the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) sent to France found itself in headlong retreat towards the French Channel ports, pursued by the onrushing German Army. Luckily, the bulk of that force was evacuated from the beaches

Sent to France in 1939, the British Expeditionary Force was significantly larger and more powerful than its namesake of 1914. The British Army was, by the outbreak of World War Two, one of the most mechanised forces in the world, certainly more so than the German Army, but like its Great War predecessor was, at around only 13 Divisions, comparatively small, making up only 10% of the Allied ground forces in France.

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