1st ed., 1963. 568 pp. D.j., 23 x 15cm. V.G. This book traces the fascinating and complex history of the French Army over the ninety years from Sedan to Evian, from the defeat of 1870 in the Franco-Prussian War, through World Wars I and II, up to the cease-fire that brought the Algerian war officially to an end. The basic question the author answers is 'how did it come about that the army, which originally put loyalty to the state before all else and was considered to be above politics, by the closing years of the Algerian War come to be so openly hostile to the government and largely instrumental in its fundamental change ?'