World War Two Myth: The French were Sissies


By Ben Cohen

Eric Margolis on the long held myth that the French simply capitulated in World War Two:

France's army did not simply surrender or run away in 1940, as ignorant American Know-Nothing conservatives claim.

The German Blitz that smote France on May-June, 1940, scattering its
armies like leaves before a storm, was a historical revolution in
warfare. Blitzkrieg combined rapidly-moving armor and mobile infantry,
precision dive bombing, flexible logistical support, and new high
technologies in C3 -- command, control and communications. In 1940,
Germany led the world in technology: 75% of all technical books were
then written in German.

France's armies and generals, trained to re-fight World War I, were
overwhelmed by lightening warfare. France was then still a largely
agricultural society. Blitzkrieg -- now adopted by all major modern
armed forces- - was designed to strike an enemy's brain rather than
body, paralyzing his ability to manage large forces or to fight. The
Germans called it their "silver bullet."

Britain's well-trained expeditionary force in France was beaten just as
quickly and thoroughly as the French, and saved itself only by
abandoning its French allies and fleeing across the Channel.