Strange Defeat: A Statement of Evidence Written in 1940

TitleStrange Defeat: A Statement of Evidence Written in 1940
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsBloch, Marc
Number of Pages164
PublisherFolio Society

The author wrote this volume during the three months following the fall of France, after he returned home from military service. He takes a close look at the military failures he witnessed, examining why France was unable to respond to attack quickly and effectively. He gives a personal account of the battle of France, followed by a biting analysis of the generation between the wars. His harsh conclusion is that the immediate cause of the disaster was the utter incompetence of the High Command, but his analysis ranges broadly, appraising all the factors, social as well as military, which since 1870 had undermined French national solidarity.

Original PublicationL'Étrange Défaite: Témoignage écrit en 1940. Société des Éditions Franc-Tireur: Paris, 1946
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