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1.0 out of 5 stars Not so good, 18 April 1999
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This review is from: Arming Against Hitler: France and the Limits of Military Planning (Modern War Studies) (Hardcover)
In 1940 using a plan designed by General Manstien Germany attacked France. The campaign cut off the French from their Belgian and English Allies who were forced to retreate or surrender. Germany was then left to conquer a much reduced opposition.
At the time it was thought that Germany outnumbered the allies and had vastly superior weapons. After the war it was found that the allies in fact outnumbered the Germans and that most German weapons were either inferior to or at most equal to the allied.
This book tries to argue that the preparations made by France were a factor in the French defeat. It is hard to show that this was the case. The book parallels a debate which took place in German conentration camps during the war. The French Military tried to put the government on trial for betraying the nation and letting France be defeated. Blum the prime minister of France was able to show how he had given the army everything that it wanted.
France lost the war not because of the size of its armies or the weapons it had but because of the stupidity of its military leaders.
The book simply fails to look at France in the context of German rearmament. If it did it would show that the French program was ratinal and adequate.
All in all not worth the money.
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