The Republic in Danger: General Maurice Gamelin and the Politics of French Defence, 1933-1940

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 13, 2003 - History - 588 pages
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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Contents

Introduction
1
The making of a republican general
13
Gamelin and the rebirth of German power
34
First responses defence versus ddtente in the Laval era
56
The Popular Front the army and politics
80
The road to rearmament Gamelin Daladier and Popular Front defence policy
110
Gamelin and air support of the army
142
Gamelin the Maginot Line and Belgium
172
Czechoslovakia Poland the Soviet Union from appeasement to war
279
Gamelin and the fall of Poland
314
The Twilight War military stagnation and political conflict 19391940
349
Conclusion
378
1 Diagrammatic organisation of the French high command
403
2 Distribution of the fouryear armaments programme of September 1936 Le programme de 14 milliards
406
Notes
407
Bibliography
518

Gamelin Yugoslavia and the eastern alliances assets or embarrassments?
210
Men or material Gamelin and British support for France
236

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