Soon, however, the situation at the front changed. Soviet troops made a wide detour, coming on Finnish territory to the west of Vyborg, and once they broke through the Mannerheim Line and threatened communications, defeated Finland became inevitable. Only surrender can prevent a catastrophe, because the promised Franco-British expeditionary force had not arrived, although they were all ready to be shipped. Concerning the planned involvement of Britain and France we are building on the work of Alexey Stepanov, we can report the following. January 24th Chief of the Imperial General Staff, General E. Ironside of England presented the War Cabinet memorandum "The main strategy of war," which stated: "In my view, we will be able to provide effective assistance in Finland only if the Russian attack as much as possible with the number of destinations and bolshego that is especially important, dealt a blow to Baku - the area of ??oil production to cause a serious crisis in the Russian state. "