phylo_roadking wrote:In saying what he said - I'd be very interested to know exactly who his audience was Because it's clear from French plans that the majority of their well-equiped and more mobile divisions/armies were positioned for a preemptive "defensive" drive NORTH into Belgium, to hold the battlefields of WWI I.E. the vulnerable Belgian Plain...and I haven't seen anything to indicate that this was a last minute plan in April-March 1940...
There's also the issue that a 1939 direct attack would very much have been an attack on the late-'30s Siegfried Line The Allies would have had to pursue a "reverse" Schlieffen Plan via the Belgian Plain to get into North Germany wothout a totally impractical mass bloodletting that would have rendered their 1939 armies exhausted!
OP - what they planned was not to do anything until they achieved a force level approaching their 1918 strengths, this was declared policy at government level. Which they didn't envisage reaching until late 1941-early 1942 for a general front line-wide offensive that spring.
About the "audience" :it was on 19 may 1939,at the signature of a military convention with Poland .