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Marc Bloch documents the French defeat in World War II recounting from his own personal experiences as a member in the French Resistance as well as a soldier in both World Wars Not only does Strange Defeat detail the French failure in World War II militarily but also economically and more important socially It provides a unique insight objectively and informatively into the manner of the downfall of France Marc Bloch took part in the French Resistance after the German occupation He was knowledgeable and experienced in the ways of war having fought in World War I Therefor his writings are completely valid he is not another outside historian that is looking into the war but providing his own personal experiences Bloch wanted to provide an explanation as to how and why France suffered such a swift and humiliating loss to the Germans from his experiences behind the scenes He goes on to explain that the French defeat was not solely at the hand of the military but also due to Frenchmens outlook towards the war Bloch questions where the blame is to be held for the French failure is it the French government the military officials the Army itself the English Bloch argues that the majority of the generals and superiors were completely incapable of dealing with the new and improved type of warfare Bloch points out that many of these generals were remnants of World War I They were not used to the up-tempo rhythm of the war that the Germans were waging These generals were using the same military tactics and weapons as if they were in World War I To use Blochs own words this was a war of intellect not just of gung-ho enthusiasm and bravado These generals needed to have a semblance of imagination and anticipation concerning French military operations Furthermore it is necessary to equip ones army with modern technology It is not possible to forge
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