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The Army of the Future Hardcover – 1941


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  • Hardcover: 179 pages
  • Publisher: J.B. Lippincott Company; First edition (1941)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007DQX5Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,216,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LarryB on January 31, 2012
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The physical condition of the book was very good with a little natural yellowing and paper stiffness degration, which is acceptable for a book printed in 1941 (70 years old). No stray marks - cover encapsulated in thin Mylar - cover a little worn. Exactly as advertised.

The content of the book is excellent, suitable for Military History buffs and those interested in the adoption of emerging tschnologies. De Gaulle talks to the reader, in his own very french style, and includes social, technical, economic, and geographic factors, with historical analogies to the past and the desired psychology of the new French Armored troopers necessary to affect the "Army of the Future." However De Gaulle fatally neglects to address the political issues of how to sell the "Army of the Future" to a country tramatized by WW1 and dedicated to the "Citizen Army."

The book was written in French in 1934, prior to Heinz Guderian's seminal work "Actung Panzer." written in 1937 on the formation and use of Armored Units. Guderian was already independently working on his own views at the time, reading the contemporary military literature, and thus probably read De Gaulle's work.

The translation of the original French Title is "Towards a Professional Army." The English translation is inaccurate and may have been chosen to increase sales in the USA during the FDR "Short of War" policy period in 1941 after the success of the Blitzkrieg in France in 1940. A possible French guide for the American Military?

In all a most satisfactory purchase.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Lowry on October 19, 2009
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"The Army of the Future" is a piece of history, written by Charles De Gaulle after the First World War, and shortly before the Second World War. In it he predicts how the war of the future against France will be conducted. De Gaulle foresaw the combined usage of armor, infantry, and artillery that the Nazi's used against France in their Blitzkrieg, but missed the crucial roll of air power during that conflict. It was interesting as a historian to look at what De Gaulle thought would happen, and compare it to what actually happened. It is also interesting to note that De Gaulle's troops were the only French units during the invasion that were able to put up any kind of resistance to the Nazi onslaught.
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Charles de Gaulle's book The army of the future is the ground force version of Giulio Douhet's Command of the Air. de Gaulle describes what his vision of what mobile warfare would be in the future. He begins the book with a very interesting terrain analysis explaining why France has always been open to invasion. From there he describes what a division would look like containing two tank brigades, mechanized infantry, self propelled artillery, engineers, air defense, aviation and logistics. He also describes how these mobile divisions would fight. He explains what type of individuals would be needed to fill the ranks of this highly professional mobile army. My opinion that de Gaulle's vision is closer to the Heavy Divisions of the Cold war is based on de Gaulle calling for two Tank Brigades in his division while the German army of WWII had only one Panzer Regiment in their Panzer Divisions. Also the German Army relied heavily on horse transportation for most all of their artillery. A US Tank Division during the Cold War had two Tank and one Mechanized Infantry Brigade, all artillery was self propelled, this organization was more in line with de Gaulle's division than the Panzer Division was. That said, de Gaulle's vision for ground warfare was far more accurate than Douhet's vision for air power was.
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