The collapse of the French army in 1940 is a well-researched topic in Second World War Studies but a surprising gap in the historiography emerges when it comes to the study of the French military prior to the German offensive of May 1940.
Using various public and private sources in different languages, this book aims to address this gap by studying morale on the frontline and its management by the French Government, the Grand Quartier Général, at the scale of the regiment and on a personal level. This research also investigates German and British propaganda in French and aimed at the French sector of the frontline in order to offer the first comprehensive comparative study of French army morale in any language.
List of figures and tables Acknowledgements Foreword Introduction Chapter 1: The French Army on the German-French Border Chapter 2: Inaction and demoralisation Chapter 3: The struggle against cafard Chapter 4: Dealing with German and communist propaganda Chapter 5: Interacting with British Soldiers Epilogue Conclusion Bibliography List of abbreviations Chronology Index
The history of France in the modern period, from the late eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries, offers a dynamic, dramatic and multifaceted story. Political ruptures; social change; regional conflicts, world wars and military defeat; economic and cultural reach; values and identity; international influence; and the complexities of national goals in increasingly multilateral contexts, bear witness to the challenges and transformations of the time.
Encompassing political, social, cultural, economic, military and diplomatic themes, this series will adopt a broad-based approach to the investigation of France in the period from the Revolution of 1789 to the present.
Featuring original research and new interpretations from emerging and established scholars, within and outside France, it aims to be a reference point for engaging and innovative writing about France, the French and their history.