De Gaulle's Concept of a Mobile, Professional Army: Genesis of French Defeat?
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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In the 1930s, the military and political leaders of France rejected De Gaulles plan for the creation of a professional army with a separate armored corps. As a result of her failure to accept the potential of a strong armored force manned by professional soldiers, France entered World War II with a non-professional, citizen-soldier army trained primarily as a defensive force. French reliance on the nation in arms concept, the citizen-soldier, and the strategy of defense-the Maginot Line complex-contributed significantly to quick defeat of the French army in 1940. The French experience, related here, may have particular relevance for us defense planners who are now coping with the military, political, and social problems of todays professional army.
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