April Hlh, 1940 The. War Illustrated 327 First inSteps France on the Road to Victory When the war was abut few weeks old it was announced that 158,000 British soldiers had crossed the Channel, and since then many thousands more have followed in their wake—just how many has not been revealed, although Mr. Oliver Stanley, Minister for War, instated the House of Common- ,on March 12 that the numbers of the B.E.F. were approximately double what they were in October. The men have been transported without a single casualty, and the French ports have grown accustomed to such sccnes as that shown in this photograph—another contingent of British troops assembling on the quays prior to marching away to the rest camp. Photo, British Official :Crown Copyright
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