If Belgium had cooperated with the British and French prior to May 1940 would the Blitzkrieg outcome have been different?

If Belgium had cooperated with the British and French prior to May 1940 would the Blitzkrieg outcome have been different?

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  1. Peter

    No. UK and France were still fighting with WW2 equipment using WW1 tactics. French and Belgium airforce would not have maintained air supreemcy so eventually defeat would have occured.
    Fort Emden was easily destroyed by German forces so even if the majino line had gone along the belgium frontier the result would still have been the same

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  2. Darryl Raby

    Got to agree, the NAZI government was too egocentic too have changed tactics once things started to happen.

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  3. Gerry Proudfoot

    Most certainly it would have an effect. Belgian co-operation from Sep 39 would have allowed the Allied deployment along the Dyle in 1939. The positions could have been heavily fortified along the Meuse, the Gembloux Gap and the Dyle while the Belgians could have dug in deep along the canals along the northern border.

    Light forces could have mind and wired the Ardennes and then executed a slow fighting withdrawal on the Meuse, identifying the main german push as they did so. By the time the Germans reach the fortified Meuase the French reserves could have been there waiting to counterattack any successful crossing.

    Would this have saved France? That is unknowable but it is very likely that 136 Germans divisions would not have been able to defeat the 96 French, 22 Belgian and 10 British quite as quickly as they did in the original timeline.

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    • Larry C

      There would have been a slight delay in the defeat of France. Most French troops did not fight and were too unwilling or too cowardly to fight.
      The true difference would have occurred in Sept. 1939. It took the Germans 46 days to completely conquer the Poles and that is even after the Russians stuck on day 18. The Russian waited that long because they were unsure how well the Poles would resist the Germans and if Britain and France would honor their commitment to Poland. After all the Russians got a whipping from the Poles in 1920.
      After the war, Albert Speer, Hitler’s logistics minister said that the Germans had less than 13 days of ammunition left for their tanks, planes and soldiers when the Poles were beat. A serious error had been made in supplies. This was one reason why Hitler did not attack to the west until the next year – resupply!
      Had Britain and France honored their treaty with Poland and attacked from the west with a few days of Sept 1st, Speer figured that the Russians would not have attacked from the other side and the Germans would have run out of ammunition by day 29 even if they would have fought to the end which was unlikely. Speer figured that in that situation German would have surrendered to the Poles and the western allies. That would have been the end of WWII.

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  4. Mike W.

    Gary’s comments are potentially valid, but they assume facts not in evidence. The British, French, and Belgians would have had to correctly identify that the Germans would attack in force through the Ardennes. If this were the case, the French would have moved forces to reinforce near Sedan when they received intelligence regarding the Germans massing opposite their lines prior to the actual battle. More likely would have been the Ardennes remaining lightly defended, and the Germans would have raced through, much like December 1944, and crossed the Sedan on a similar timetable.

    Once the breakout through Sedan occurred, the results would have been identical with the German wheel to the coast. However, the outcome of this enveloplment of the British forces would have been worse since the British would have been engaged on the Belgian-German frontier and unable to withdraw to Dunkirk for evacuation to England. This may have emboldened the Germans to attempt Sea Lion, knowing there were 10 fewer British divisions available to defend England, or it may have caused the British to seek peace with the Germans prior to the end of 1940.

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    • Larry C.

      Sie scheinen nur eine der aggressive Teufelhunde die Kriege verursacht.

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  5. Lyndon

    If U.K. had sued for peace in June 1940, what would have been Germany’s demands?

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