Repatriation of French Forces to France after Dunkirk

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Repatriation of French Forces to France after Dunkirk

Post by AlanD » 19 Jul 2020 09:51

Of the approximately 338,00 troops evacuated to the UK from Dunkirk around a third were French. However, I understand that a number of these returned to France later. How was this organized and what arrangements were put in place for this. Also, how many servicemen returned and did they take any small arms they may have brought with them on being evacuated from Dunkirk or any other French ports ?

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Re: Repatriation of French Forces to France after Dunkirk

Post by Carl Schwamberger » 20 Jul 2020 02:47

Nearly all were returned to France. Most before the Amistice. A very small number asked to join DeGualles group.

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Re: Repatriation of French Forces to France after Dunkirk

Post by Loïc » 20 Jul 2020 19:31

all, all, all but around 2000 wounded

not counting the case of naval military and merchants crews on their ships, the only French military personnel the 18th june on the English soil didn't come from Dunkirk early june but limited to 4500 men of the 1ère DLCh withdrawn from Norway, sent partially to Britanny, and re-evacuated to Great Britain with the fall of Brest and its area

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Re: Repatriation of French Forces to France after Dunkirk

Post by Polar bear » 02 Aug 2020 09:15

hi,
AlanD wrote:
19 Jul 2020 09:51
How was this organized and what arrangements were put in place for this.
An apparent case of misorganisation, error and "fog of war" was the sinking of the steamer "Meknés" by the German Schnellboot S 27.
Sadly, more than 400 of 1100 soldies embarked for repatriation lost their lives.
http://www.lesoubliesdumeknes.fr/Meknes ... marine.pdf

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