French Lessons

Norman, Geoffrey
July 2007
Military History;Jul/Aug2007, Vol. 24 Issue 5, p18
The article chronicles the history of the French military armed forces and doctrines. France was among the victor nations of World War I. But the war had discredited, beyond any salvation, the doctrine of the offensive. In 1956 the French were on the verge of losing their colonial war in Algeria when Colonel David Galula formulated a doctrine for fighting the insurgents. He employed his new doctrine successfully in the mountains with soldiers under his command.


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