The Republic in Danger: General Maurice Gamelin and the Politics of French Defence, 1933-1940by Martin S. Alexander
Pub. Date: 01/07/1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This is the first full-length reappraisal in English of the role of France's chief of defence forces, General Maurice Gamelin (1872-1958). Reviled by many of his contemporaries and by two generations of historians as 'the man who lost the Battle of France' in 1940, Gamelin is here presented as a man seeking to provide France with security and armed readiness in the face of the aggression and expansionism of Hitler's Third Reich. The reader sees him playing the decisive part in overcoming civil-military friction in the pre-war years so that France was able to choose the path of resistance to Germany in September 1939.
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Table of ContentsAcknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The making of a republican general; 2. Gamelin and the rebirth of German power; 3. First responses: defence versus détente in the Laval era; 4. The Popular Front, the army and politics; 5. The road to rearmament: Gamelin, Daladier and Popular Front defence policy; 6. Gamelin and air support of the army; 7. Gamelin, the Maginot Line and Belgium; 8. Gamelin, Yugoslavia and the eastern alliances: assets or embarrassments?; 9. Men or material? Gamelin and British support for France; 10. Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Soviet Union: from appeasement to war; 11. Gamelin and the fall of Poland; 12. The Twilight War: military stagnation and political conflict; Conclusion; Appendices; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
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