The British Army left enough equipment behind to equip about 9 divisions.
Discarded in France were field guns, anti-aircraft guns, about anti-tank guns, machine guns, nearly 700 tanks, 20,000 motorcycles, and 45,000 motor cars and lorries.
Army equipment available at home was only just sufficient to equip 2 divisions.
The British Army needed months to re-supply properly and some planned introductions of new equipment were halted while industrial resources concentrated on making good the losses.
Officers told troops falling back from Dunkirk to burn or otherwise disable their trucks so as not to let them benefit the advancing German forces.
The shortage of army vehicles after Dunkirk was so severe that the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC) was reduced to retrieving and refurbishing numbers of obsolete buses and coaches from British scrapyards to press them into use as troop transports.