Allied turn of May 10th 1940 (end)
After much debate inside both the French and British cabinets on what to do, either coming to Belgium’s help or not, the decision was taken to come to the help of the small kingdom both for reasons of principle and of strategy. Even tough some Allied corps would have to leave their defensive entrenched position, the protective benefit of both the Schelde and the Meuse are not to be underestimated. General Alphonse Georges disapproved the decision stating that the Allied troops could be trapped if the Germans decide to go for a push through the Ardennes. However, as most German Panzer corps seem to be North-West of Brussels, his worries were dismissed.
Therefore, the British sent the II Corps, transferred to the direct command of the homeland 10th Army, to enter Brussels and allow the Belgian army to focus on defending the Eastern part of the country. It is feared however that the Belgian deployment there, mostly trapped, will end up been a sacrifice that will only help gain some time for the French and British to entrench in their new position. The Royal Welsh Corps replaced the II Corps behind the Somme but General Gort refused to send more troops in Belgium. Three French Corps also entered Belgium and took defensive positions, but the reserve 1st Army stayed in position South-East of the Somme. Both the French and British air forces that had received orders not to engage German aircraft yet, have receive new orders to try to gain air supremacy over any battle that might arise and send bombers to support the ground troops.