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- Publisher: Important Books
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8087830830
- ISBN-13: 978-8087830833
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.3 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,362,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Having served during WW1 and serving during WW2, Marc Bloch points to a litany of reasons why the French army, which was better equipted than the Germans, collapsed so suddenly. Despite what I learned in highschool about the French defeat of WW2 (France was overconfident behind the Maginot Line), Marc Bloch tells a different reason. The French army never understood how the speed of modern weapons had shortened space. Marc Bloch, serving at the front in 1940, recalled that the German offensive actually seem to overtake each French retreat: whenever Marc Bloch's unit retreated in 1940, they constantly found the Germans in their rear. The consequence was the French army was in a perpetual retreat and lacked the time to mount a proper counter offensive.
Marc Bloch also points to the cultural factors in the French defeat, namely the French education system which ignored history and visual arts in its cirriculum. He proposes a greater emphasis on both. I agree with the latter: in the US, we are saturated with images but we are visually illiterate. As for history, there is now too much emphasis on history without a comparable attempt to work things out in the present. This is a terrific book that reads like a no-holds barred fight.
The book opens with a description of what he experienced from the outbreak of war until his return home. Although he was not a front-line officer, he was able to observe a great deal from the French side of things, from a command perpective. And because of his training as a historian, he was able to have a certain detachment, which enabled him to understand what was happening, and why. The rest of the book explains why the French were basically defeated by the Germans in only six weeks of combat whereas they had defeated the Germans 22 years before.Read more ›
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This book is perhaps more timely today than it was when it was written for the wisdom it imports. As other reviewers note, on one level it deals with the causes that contributed to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Charles A. Krohn
This was billed as giving some insight into the causes for the quick French defeat. It might be interesting as one person's story of his experiences, but the perspective is from... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ron Mc
Bloch's writing style is wordy; he's a real intellectual and this can make the reading a bit slow. However, his experience in both wars against Germany give his perspective you'll... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jaime Arbona
Good but sad history of the position of France in World War II. Proved that the angles and actions of France in the events of the country were not secure or positive, pre- or... Read morePublished 12 months ago by JA
My main reason for finding and reading this book is that it often shows up in citations and direct quotations in other histories on the fall of France in 1940. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Magnitude
Very different approach but does not really answer or even consider most of the basic questions concerning the unbelieveable collaspe of the strongest military in the world. Read morePublished 20 months ago by John M. Lay
Apparently written under difficulties resulting in some lack of authorial flow, but conveys the author's explanation for the collapse of his country, imbued with the feeling of one... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Bruce Buchanan