Macron has won election
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09-05-2017, 08:35 PM (This post was last modified: 09-05-2017 08:39 PM by Thumpalumpacus.)
RE: Macron has won election
(09-05-2017 11:02 AM)abaris Wrote:  That's pretty much the same political picture every country back then showed. A division between the extreme left and right. Led to a short cvil war in Austria in 1934 and to riots in France, ironically at the same day. February 12th.

In France, the left, after much strive, founded a common platform, which led to the front populaire leading the country in the years following 1936. It was led by Leon Blum, a socialist and iconic figure of the French left.

In Spain the Civil war started the very same year. Also a confrontation between left and right.

In a conscript army, the factions in the army tend to represent the factions in wider society, was my point ... and the corollary to that is that against an enemy with a unified society, the more-divided nation tends to be the weaker (all other things being equal, as they roughly were.)

Not to downplay the differences in doctrine which favored the Germans in Fall Gelb, certainly. As you said, their generalship was more cutting-edge, as the Allies learnt the hard way. But espirit des corps and morale play a big role in battle, and the general consensus seems to be that the French Army in that era suffered a lack in both those qualities.

Perhaps that was indeed why the French generalship was so conservative?
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