Domenach, Jean-Marie
January 1961
Foreign Affairs;Jan1961, Vol. 39 Issue 2, p185
The article focuses on intervention of army in politics in France. After the French Army had gained a sense of unity in the victorious fighting of 1944-45 it found itself almost at once engaged in Indochina. sort. During seven years, thousands of miles from home, it developed a special mentality and doctrine. It faced a fanatical enemy, but it did not have the faith and support of its own people. While the West was enjoying the pleasures and comforts of peace, they in the front line, a mere handful of men, had been taking the full shock of Communist aggression. An original reason for the divorce of the Army from the State was the conviction that the war was permanent. Officers in Indochina felt that the Second World War had been transformed into a Third World War and that while the West failed to understand this they were living it in all reality. It was a many-sided operation which called for the fullest utilization of practical and psychological resources and only occasionally resorted to arms.


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