I can't comment on what they might have, or did not say, but every one was much in the same boat, they had all disarmed after WW1. When you add to that the Great Depression then a democratic state just would not been able to get the votes for the extra spending on defence. When Hitler came to power he started to rebuild his forces in all departments. By the time Hitler invaded Poland his forces were that strong that the current European forces could not touch him. When Hitler invaded France they swept every thing before them, France had nothing in the way of an Air force, there Tank force was a joke and most of there Artillery was of the first world war variety. It took Britain some years to started get enough modern equipment together before they could start making a fight back. The reason the French did not fight in Paris was that they had nothing to fight with also the German Air force would have just flatten it before the German troops in. this would not have stopped the Germans or slowed them down, it would have just have meant that many thousands of Parisians would have been killed and made homeless.
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