The French Armée de l'Air in May-June 1940: A Failure of Conception

  title={The French Arm{\'e}e de l'Air in May-June 1940: A Failure of Conception},
  author={Arnold D. Harvey},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
  pages={447 - 465}
  • A. Harvey
  • Published 1 July 1990
  • History
  • Journal of Contemporary History
In an article published in History in 1970, R.H.S. Stolfi showed that during the German Blitzkrieg campaign against France in May and June 1940, it was the French army, not the German, which had the advantage in tank strength and also the better anti-tank guns.' Stolfi's work thus serves to emphasize the degree to which the astonishing success of the German attack depended on the inadequacy of French response at the command level. This article will argue that the French, though at a… 
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