I'm playing a game called Hearts of Iron 2, and it's without doubt the most realistic World War II global strategy game in existence. Hearts of Iron II - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Refer to there for more information. Anyway, I'm trying, extremely hard, to try to save Metropolitan France from falling. You are given an option of either sticking with history and capitulate in June (in which case you can choose to be either Free France or Vichy France) or continue to fight. Even if I start the scenario from 1936 and attempt to extend the Maginot line all the way to the English Channel, I still get overrun somehow. I know it's just a game, but like I said, it's the most realistic WWII game you're gonna get. But I guess I should just get to the point: with all the political turmoil France was facing, could France have survived as an intact country during WWII? If so, how could it have survived? Would it have affected Hitler's war in Europe? Would he had been able to invade the USSR without being bogged down against the French and BEF?