World War II

Season 1 Episode 2

France Falls

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The episode shows first the French Army on parade, complete with cavalry divisions. It goes on to describe the state into which the Army had obsolesced between the Great Wars, including the almost complete abandonment of such modern military equipment as the tank and the airplane, and military motor transportation. It continues to describe the changed mood in France regarding war with Germany and the chaotic state of nearly constantly-changing government prior to the open declaration of hostilities. And all along "protected" by the Maginot Line despite the new theories of war set out at that time by Heinz Guderian, which formed the basis of blitzkrieg. There was also the quote by Napoleon: "The side that stays within its fortifications is beaten."moreless
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