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The Fall of France in 1940 is one of the pivotal moments of the twentieth century If the German invasion of France had failed it is arguable that the war might have ended right there But the French suffered instead a dramatic and humiliating defeat a loss that ultimately drew the whole world into war This exciting new book by Julian Jackson a leading historian of twentieth century France charts the breathtakingly rapid events that led to the defeat and surrender of one of the greatest bastions of the Western Allies Using eyewitness accounts memoirs and diaries to bring the story to life Jackson not only recreates the intense atmosphere of the six weeks in May and June leading up to the establishment of the Vichy regime but he also unravels the historical evidence to produce a fresh answer to the perennial question was the fall of France inevitable Jackson's vivid narrative explores the errors of France's military leaders her inability to create stronger alliances the political infighting the lack of morale even the decadence of the inter war years He debunks the vast superiority of the German army revealing that the experienced French troops did well in battle against the Germans Perhaps than anything else the cause of the defeat was the failure of the French to pinpoint where the main thrust of the German army would come a failure that led them to put their best soldiers up against a feint while their worst troops faced the heart of the German war machine An engaging and authoritative narrative The Fall of France illuminates six weeks that changed the course of twentieth century history


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    I must admit that I struggled with the first 100 pages finding it very dense and dry but recognizing that it was necessary ground to cover I slogged through it It got easier after that and by the last 100 pages I could not get enough I found it to be only as judgmental as was necessary in context and always balanced This was a book I needed to read as I had serious questions after reading Antony Beevor’s “Second World War” I especially liked the discussion of other books on the subject by other historians and I loved the follow up through to Vichy and the deGaulle era