Chronology of Failure: The Last Days of the French Republic

Chronology of Failure: The Last Days of the French Republic

Chronology of Failure: The Last Days of the French Republic

Chronology of Failure: The Last Days of the French Republic

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In the following pages I have attempted to piece together a day-by-day account of the "thirty days' war" which followed the German attack on the Low Countries on May 10, and of the chief political events during that time and in the ensuing period of the French collapse. Related events in other countries, including the United States, are also indicated. Gaps remain in both the military and the political story. We still lack accurate information about the strength and disposition of the Allied troops on May 9 and about many of their subsequent movements, especially in the very first days of the campaign. Also, despite the "inside stories" being printed in various magazines, there remain important uncertainties about the behavior of various French political leaders, especially between the departure of the French Government for Tours on June 10 and the time the armistices with Germany and Italy came into effect early on June 25.

The account does not pretend to be more than an advance catalogue of the materials which historians--if there are to be historians--will later on examine and reëxamine. I simply attempt to record the main matters that we now know or think we know; to put them into order; and to emphasize the points which seem to have been decisive. The story is based partly on press accounts, partly on my own conversations and obser-

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