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U.S. Civil War to WWI -- no lessons learned?

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I understand that French small arms were rather poor in WW II(?)
I don't know whether they did much military R & D between World Wars.
For example, tanks.
I am curious, did the fortresses have supplies to hold out?  Do you know?
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Originally posted by franciscosan franciscosan wrote:

I understand that French small arms were rather poor in WW II(?)
I don't know whether they did much military R & D between World Wars.
For example, tanks.
I am curious, did the fortresses have supplies to hold out?  Do you know?


I can't speak to small arms, although I would assume that they were very comparable to all the other combatants in quality. As to artillery I absolutely have no clue.

However regarding tanks and aircraft, I can speak with authority. The French tanks were superior in quality and quantity to the Germans. In the largest tank battle in the Battle of France (at the time the largest tank on tank battle of all time) the French met the Germans head on and stopped them dead in their tracks. The following day the Germans renewed their attack with no better results. The French followed their success by withdrawing??????

What the French lacked was political will and competent military leadership and philosophy. The German attack was so effective because their tanks were concentrated and utilized under combined ops tactics. What their tanks lacked in quality their anti-tank weapons more than made up for.

If you want a good read which will really help you to understand the general state of France at the time try Alistair Horne's TO LOSE A BATTLE. One little statistic which speaks volumes is that after declaring war; after the fall of Poland, the French were so uncommitted that their fighter production barely reached 1 plane a week. This for a fighter that was at least competitive to the Me109.
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