The Seeds of Disaster

The Development of French Army Doctrine, 1919-39

Book Description

An examination of the military doctrine that animated the French defense against the German invasion in 1940.

  • Argues that the French learned the wrong lessons from World War I and were ill prepared for World War II
  • Lessons for modern armies about how to learn from past wars and prepare for future wars
  • Winner of the Paul Birdsall Prize of the American Historical Association

  • About the Author

    Brig. Gen. Robert A. Doughty, USA (Ret.), is a graduate of West Point, former chair of its history department, and a prize-winning military historian. He is the author of Pyrrhic Victory: French Strategy and Operations in the Great War. He lives in Louisiana.

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