Brits sent to France post Dunkirk

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Brits sent to France post Dunkirk

Post by John W. Howard » Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:00 pm

Can anyone tell me the commanders and composition of the two Brit divisions sent to France after the Dunkirk evacuation?? I was rather surprised that the British would do this considering the risk, although they did manage to evacuate these troops from channel ports later back to England. Best wishes.
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Re: Brits sent to France post Dunkirk

Post by JPC Kilmartin » Sat Jan 21, 2012 2:53 pm

Hi John,
I don't know about the British Divisions but I am pretty sure that the 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade landed in Brittany on 13 June. I hope this helps. :(
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Re: Brits sent to France post Dunkirk

Post by John W. Howard » Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:21 am

It does help JPC!! What a gamble by Churchill to reinforce defeat.
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Re: Brits sent to France post Dunkirk

Post by Prosper Vandenbroucke » Sun Jan 22, 2012 2:31 pm

Hi John,
The 52nd (Lowland) Division and the 1st Canadian Division were send to France.
These forces became known as the Second BEF.
Have a look over here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Ariel
Kindly regards from Belgium and apoliges for my poor english
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Re: Brits sent to France post Dunkirk

Post by John W. Howard » Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:00 am

Thank you Prosper!! Poor English?? I don't think so; your English is first-rate :up:
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Re: Brits sent to France post Dunkirk

Post by Ronald Lameck » Sat Jan 28, 2012 5:14 pm

Re: 1st Canadian (Inf.) Div. being sent to Brittany in June 1940. You can find more detail about this in the "Official History of the Canadian Army in WWII." Apparently, some men were landed and then re-embarked after spending less than 12 hours on shore. They were told that a German armoured column was heading their way.

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Re: Brits sent to France post Dunkirk

Post by John W. Howard » Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:14 am

Thanks Ronald!!
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