Why France's World War II Defeat Shocked the World
The National Interest -

Daniel L. Davis

Fall of France, Europe, Germany, France

In light of the dramatic collapse of the French armed forces in 1940, it is hard to imagine that up until that point they had been recognized—including by the Germans—as the military masters of Europe.

Here’s What You Need to Remember: Prior to May 1940, the combined French and British forces had almost one thousand more tanks than the Germans, and French tanks had better armor and more powerful main guns. France was also the recognized...

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