The French Army of 1939 was considered by contemporaries to be the strongest army in the world at that time. In fact, as the events of the next ten months soon revealed, the Army was riddled with fatal weaknesses. In this book, the first of two volumes examining the French Army of the Second World War, Ian Sumner and François Vauvillier examine the organisation, uniforms and equipment of the army of 1939-40 and Vichy France. It includes orders of battle and formation charts as well as many illustration and colour uniform artworks.
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Table of Contents
The Army of 1939-40 and Vichy France · The Organisation of the Army in 1939-40 · Uniforms and Equipment 1939-40 · The Army of the Armistice 1940-42 · The Plates