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.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.