France

French grand strategy during the interwar period aimed to preserve the political and territorial settlement of Versailles. The French recognized that the Versailles restrictions on German military power were the most fragile elements of the postwar settlement. They constructed their military doctrin...

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Published in: The Sources of Military Doctrine p. 105
Main Author: Barry R. Posen
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: Cornell University Press 09-24-1984
Edition: 1
Subjects:
War
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Summary: French grand strategy during the interwar period aimed to preserve the political and territorial settlement of Versailles. The French recognized that the Versailles restrictions on German military power were the most fragile elements of the postwar settlement. They constructed their military doctrine to deal with anexpectedresurgence of German industrial and military power, which was identified as the main threat to French security. The army would play the key role in French strategy toward Germany, with the air force in support. (I am omitting discussion of the French Navy. Although it was a fairly powerful force, its role in
ISBN: 9780801416330
0801416337
DOI: 10.7591/j.ctt1287fp3.7