Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The Fighting French

I sent an email to LBC radio station, complaining about Karen ( a member of staff I think), who trotted out the old myth about a search on the web for French victories comes up blank. I asked if they'd ever heard of Napoleon. It took the combined forces of other European countries to defeat him and the French forces.



Then I posted this to www.thisfrenchlife.com about the French and WWII:

'As Janet Flanner (quoted by blogger Maitresse) said: ""Had the young French soldiers fought like rioters against the Germans in June, 1940, Paris might not have fallen".'

Flanner and Maitresse should be ashamed of themselves; this sort of calumny was refuted by the US forces back in 1945, putting right some of their soldiers who'd bought this myth about French failure to fight the Germans:

" No one - least of all the French themselves - will try do deny the enormity of the defeat and the humiliation France suffered in 1940. French military leadership and strategy was tragically inadequate. But this does not mean that the French did not put up a "real fight".

In the six week Battle of France, from May 10 to June 22, 1940, the French lost, in military personnel alone, 260,000 wounded and 108,000 killed. A total of 368,000 casualties in six weeks is not something to pass off lightly.

Yes, the Germans gave the French a terrible beating. But it took the combined strength of the United States, Great Britain, Soviet Russia, Canada, etc., to beat the Germans. It's asking rather a great deal of France to match such strength against hers."

Published in Paris in 1945 by the 'Information & Education Division' of the US Occupation Forces.

http://www.miquelon.org/gripes/78.html

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