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The French and the British Field Force: Moral support or material contribution?

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W Philpott, M S Alexander

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)743-772
Number of pages30
JournalJOURNAL OF MILITARY HISTORY
Volume71
Issue number3
Published2007

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Abstract

This article examines how the French viewed British military preparations for a war against Germany in the 1930s. It focuses on declining French expectations of the effectiveness of British military support as the reality of Britain's small and ill-prepared Field Force became apparent as war approached. Nevertheless, France continued to place a high moral value on immediate British participation in the common fight, as a token of her commitment to the alliance and long-term potential. For that reason, careful monitoring of British military developments and strategic intentions remained central to France's preparations for a future war with Germany

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