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Markus Becker wrote:Let´s say the French mean bussinessand launch an actual offensive: Wikipedia speaks of 40+ divisions, with 78 artillery and 40 tank regiments.
Markus Becker wrote: According to W.L. Shirer on Sept. 7th France already had 80+ division mobilized
Markus Becker wrote:so how many and what quality of troops could the French have used in the assault on the Saar/Pfalz region and who would they have run into?
Markus Becker wrote:Thanks, that confirms the presence of nine "good" german divisions(1st and 2nd wave) and the ratio of A to B divisions(11:1) on the French side is also interesting, but I´m more interested in the quality and stae of readyness of all 40+ french divisions, not just the units that actually participated in what was more or less a "fake" offensive.
so how many and what quality of troops could the French have used in the assault
Corps & army artillery groups. I've been unable to locate much in the way of medium or heavy artillery outside that in the German infantry division in the West in September. A close look at what the Germans & French had deployed & could have deployed may change the relative combat power between the two.
Air strength. In this scenario one should assume the French AF is deployed to support the offensive. How fast & in what strength could the GAF be redeployed to counter the French attack?
Carl Schwamberger wrote:My take is the 15cm cannon are what would count in countering a French offensive, tho my thinking is colored by experience at fire planning in the late 20th Century, vs 1940.
Carl Schwamberger wrote:A closely related & equally important question concerns the artillery ammunitions supply on both sides.
Carl Schwamberger wrote:The lack of German bomber aircraft in the west favors the French.
Carl Schwamberger wrote:I'll leave the combat efficiency of the French bomber force for others to discuss.
Carl Schwamberger wrote:While I have little doubt the ten first rate German divisions could have stood up to air attack of several days the ability of the recently mobilized & just mobilized formations is questionable. Would they have stood up to a sustained & concentrated airstrikes any better than Polish, Belgian, Yugoslavian, or Soviet reservists called up just weeks or days earlier?
Carl Schwamberger wrote:Yet another question is mine warfare. The Germans seem to have placed considerable numbers of mines in depth. Assuming a reasonablly prepared French offensive, how efficient would the French pioneers in the divisions & in the corps engineer units be at clearing the necessary routes?
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