Why England Slept

Why England Slept

Why England Slept

Why England Slept

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Why was england so poorly prepared for the war? This question has been asked again and again in America as we watched Hitler's mechanized juggernaut churn into Holland and Belgium, break through the unbreakable Maginot Line, and on towards Paris. Always the emphasis, in the accounts of German victory, has been on the tremendous superiority of the Germans in armored equipment. Continually we heard how greatly outnumbered was the Allied Air Force. And after the retreat from Flanders, the one remark on every soldier's lips was, "If we only had had more planes." Why was there such a superiority in German armored equipment? Why didn't the Allies have more planes? What had England been doing while Hitler was building up this tremendous German Army?

About two years ago Winston Churchill published a book entitled While England Slept. This book is an attempt to explain why England slept. I have started with the assumption that there is no shortcut to the answer to this problem. To me, it appears extremely shortsighted to dismiss superficially Eng land . . .

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