Wat Tyler wrote: ↑
06 Aug 2021 12:01
Re reading this thread i have to ask what the timeline for a German withdrawal would be? Presumably there would have to be a period of discussion , a period of transition as things like the maginot line is handed over and repaired or brought to German standards and i would assume the German army would stay in France until the these discussions had taken place and an agreement reached?
Around July 1940. Note that the historical agreement for ceasefire was not a "discussion", it was terms of armistice imposed by the Axis on the French without negotiation. The Germans would hold the Maginot Line, the Italians the Alps forts and passes.
How long would these discussions take , a month , six months or a year and what happens between Germany and Britain during that time. Do the Germans send out details to let France remain unoccupied and not at war in the hope that Britain takes up the offer of an end to a potentially long and unwinnable war too? Which begs the question that if Germany was prepared to do this after the battle of France would they have not considered a pre war diplomatic solution to secure their western border?
As above, it's not a discussion, it's terms imposed by Germany on France. But, the terms would happen to be extremely reasonable for France. The British would continue the war; the target of this gambit is the USA and USSR, not Churchill. In terms of securing this result before the war, why would France ever have agreed to that before being defeated in the first place? One thing to accept German terms after being completely defeated in battle. Quite another to do so without a shot fired.