Originally Posted by mmarsh
The French Military never surrendered in WWII, only the government. The military took off for North Africa, the UK and Russia.
Its even been argued that the French could have mounted a resistence in the South had they abandoned Paris. The French military had problems buts its real hinderence was its weak government.
French military formations did surrender in WW2 (I dont mean squads, platoons, companies). The surrender was as you point out organised by the government, executed by the military. The head of the government was Marshal Petain. The French army was a defeated formation, although doing well against Italy. The French armies total and complete defeat was only a matter of time.
Originally Posted by sunb!
Did you know that UK troops, the French Legion and Norway caused several major problems for the German Army in the city of Narvik in the North Of Norway? This battle is considered as the first draw back for the German war machine in the second world war - unfortunately the British gouvernment decided to abandon the Norwegian theatre where as the Norwegian troops surrendered after two weeks of heavy fightings.
These formations were also defeated. The Germans had control of the skies and constantly outflanked the allies. Britain did well at sea in Norway at holding the germans, but Norway was not decided upon the sea but on land. The Germans were better lead and equiped for the war in Norway.
I dont think abandonned is the correct or best expression for Britain leaving Norway. Should they have committed further forces? those that would have been needed for France? When can a lost cause be won? Where was the decisive theatre in 1940?