View Full Version : Not through the Ardennes
August 28th, 2011, 08:00 PM
If as they originally planned in May 1940, the Germans followed an updated schlieffen plan and made their main thrust through Belgium, what would have happened? Could the allies have held them?
The POD being that the palne that was carrying the plans orders did not crash like in our OTL.
August 28th, 2011, 08:07 PM
In some ways I'd argue that yes, here their plans had the best chances to work. Their armies did creditably in the Maginot Line and also against the Nazis in Belgium/the Netherlands. The Germans might batter their way through Belgium but the losses required to do that with the plan preferred by the generals would reduce the German offensive from a bang to a whimper well before Paris.
August 28th, 2011, 09:09 PM
This was the exact scenario the western allies had prepared for and were commited to fighting.
The French expected to fight a decisive battle in central Belgium - BEF, the Belgian Army and their 1st and 7th Armies, the best and brightest of the allied forces. The Germans would be halted here and their strategical offensive capability bled white - the French expected that their own armoured forces would be ground down as well, but with the Belgian army still in play, and their much better production capacity and the front running through Belgium (and thus the coal, iron and industry in northern France safely in French hands) the French expected to be able to rebuild their armoured forces much faster than the Germans could.
The British would blockade the Germansm causing famine and a lack of important rare materials. By summer 1941, the French would be at the Rhine.
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