you're right, some contemporary historians are trying to restore the truth about the fighting spirit of French fighter pilots : 680 German planes shot down from may to june 1940, and 650 french Planes destroyed during combats in the Sky. But immediatly after the defeat in june 1940 the fascist regim of Vichy had decided to repeat that french left wing government (socialist and communiste unified in the "Front of the people") had disorganized the army and refused its modernization before the war. This is totally wrong but it avoids criticizing military doctrine that was more archaic than the equipment. De Gaulle said the doctrine of the armoured troops were archaic , the doctrine of the french aviation was archaic too. But pilot and mecanics were brave!
01-31-2016 06:51 PM
Very nice group indeed, to be maintained and preserved for sure
True heroes, every single last one... because not only the military thinking was archaic, but diplomacy had been a huge failure also (they probably knew they were fighting a losing battle from the start). A few of Europe's major powers could have turned on Hitler long before they were ready for war, but for a combination of reasons they didn't. France went from the Versailles treaty in 1919 to annihilation and occupation just 21 years later, almost unheard of in modern history. But then again Germany shortly thereafter went from the most powerful nation in the Europe to near total destruction in half that time...