Tarnstrom, Ronald.


Trogan Books, Kansas, 1st ed., 2001. 848 pp., numerous photo-ills., ills., maps & plans. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. French Arms is a study of the evolution of French military organization, weapons and tactics from the ancient Celts to the current armed forces. World War I is studied in considerable detail and from the brief campaign of 1940, particular attention is given to the armoured operations by the various types of tank units employed. The world’s first major tank battles in Belgium and northern France are discussed in detail. Then follows full accounts of the Vichy armed forces, Free French forces, and the post-war actions in Algeria, Indo-China, the Suez Canal and Desert Storm. The small armies of Luxembourg and Monaco conclude this superb account which allows rapid comparison throughout of the tactical characteristics of the weapons, dates, commanders and the interaction of combined operations. The sections describing the campaigns include unit organizations, equipment, specifications of weapons, maps of campaign movements and a general narrative of operations that includes descriptions of tactical developments. A substantial book with many illustrations.

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