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  • Pyrrhic Victory: French Strategy and Operations in the Great War
    by Robert A. Doughty
    ISBN 0674027264 (0-674-02726-4)
    Softcover, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

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    Book summary:

    As the driving force behind the Allied effort in World War I, France willingly shouldered the heaviest burden. In this masterful book, Robert Doughty explains how and why France assumed this role and offers new insights into French strategy and operational methods.

    French leaders, favoring a multi-front strategy, believed the Allies could maintain pressure on several fronts around the periphery of the German, Austrian, and Ottoman empires and eventually break the enemy's defenses. But France did not have sufficient resources to push the Germans back from the Western Front and attack elsewhere. The offensives they launched proved costly, and their tactical and operational methods ranged from remarkably effective to disastrously ineffective.

    Using extensive archival research, Doughty explains why France pursued a multi-front strategy and why it launched numerous operations as part of that strategy. He also casts new light on France's efforts to develop successful weapons and methods and the attempts to use them in operations.

    An unparalleled work in French or English literature on the war, Pyrrhic Victory is destined to become the standard account of the French army in the Great War.

  • The Seeds of Disaster: The Development of French Army Doctrine, 1919-1939
    by Robert A. Doughty
    ISBN 0208020969 (0-208-02096-9)
    Hardcover, Archon

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    An examination of the military doctrine that animated the French defense against the German invasion in 1940.

  • Argues that the French learned the wrong lessons from World War I and were ill prepared for World War II
  • Lessons for modern armies about how to learn from past wars and prepare for future wars
  • Winner of the Paul Birdsall Prize of the American Historical Association

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  • Warfare in the Western World: Military Operations since 1871, Volume II
    by Robert A. Doughty , Ira D. Gruber, Roy K. Flint, Mark Grimsley, George C. Herring, Donald D. Horward, John A. Lynn, Williamson Murray
    ISBN 0669209406 (0-669-20940-6)
    Hardcover, D.C. Heath and Company

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    Authoritative and concise, Warfare in the Western World concentrates on selected campaigns and battles, showing how political and military leaders in the West have used armies to wage war effectively over the last four centuries. The text moves through the centuries, discussing how operational developments and technological improvements eventually led to the concept of total war, first approached in the American Civil War and culminating in the twentieth century's two world wars.

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