It was perhaps a bit glib to say in the blog for 30 August that the B.E.F. ‘simply had to regroup’ etc. However, Arthur Moore in The Times was certainly wrong to describe the B.E.F. as a ‘broken army’, and Sir John French wrong to believe it had to ‘refit’ beyond the Seine. It represented about 3% of the allied force and the French Fourth, Ninth, Fifth and Sixth Armies were now protecting it. The B.E.F. needed rest, but it was possible to re-energise it to go on the attack — as events would shortly show.
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