TITLE

THE FRENCH ARMY IN TROUBLE

AUTHOR(S)
Kerr, Walter
PUB. DATE
October 1961
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Oct61, Vol. 40 Issue 1, p86
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on some of the problems being faced by the French army. French Army has been closing ranks ever since the nerve-racking days last spring that shook it as it has never been shaken since it fell apart before a superior German force in 1940. Some military witnesses, whether or not in the moment of crisis they had remained loyal to the state, were equally polite, equally firm, and, though not defiant, in almost every instance were sympathetic to the defense. During the trials that ended recently, long or short prison terms were handed down to General Louis Nicot, acting commander-in-chief of the entire French Air Force at the time of the plot. There were loyal officers who, after the insurrection, resigned their commissions or their commands in protest at the manner in which the purge of the disloyal was conducted; they considered it exceedingly severe. Some loyal officers decline to testify for the prosecution, and others who, though they put in an appearance in court, talked and acted more like witnesses for the defense.
ACCESSION #
14719235

 

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