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The British Expeditionary Force, 1939-40 Edward Smalley

The British Expeditionary Force, 1939-40

Edward Smalley

Published May 26th 2015
ISBN : 9781137494191
Hardcover
288 pages
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The British Expeditionary Force 1939-40 shines a new light on the British Armys campaign in continental Europe between September 1939 and June 1940. Extensive archival research within the essential areas of training, communications, discipline,MoreThe British Expeditionary Force 1939-40 shines a new light on the British Armys campaign in continental Europe between September 1939 and June 1940. Extensive archival research within the essential areas of training, communications, discipline, headquarters and staff reveals how military performance was undermined by a confused mind-set, an uncertain skills-set and an uncompetitive capability. Many of the debilitating flaws in British operating procedure were long-standing, foreseeable and self-inflicted- systems were neither efficient in peacetime nor resilient in wartime. Edward Smalley explores the British Expeditionary Forces origins, the reasons for the catastrophic defeat in France, and the campaigns considerable legacy for the British Army.