Can anything be more pathetic than the Fall of France? At one town Germans found that French soldiers were behind bars
for 2 days when they arrived(they locked themselves)
The Germans of course ridiculed the idea of 'Grande Nation'.
Gamelin is one of the worst generals of all time, but Reynaud made a cardinal error by appointing Maxime Weygand, ultra
conservative in his stead. Weygand blamed the fall of France not to the generals but to Popular Front and schoolteachers
And of course vociferously argued for the immediate peace with Germany, backed by Petain. Both were obsessed with
'revolutionary' elements; as they say, 'Better Hitler than Blum'
Weygand even argued that Paris was occupied
by the communist leader Thorez during a cabinet meeting; Georges Mandel (one of the few who stood up to the end) promptly
called Paris to check it out, and of course it was false
Naturally some historians argue that the 3rd Republic had already been killed off by an internal military coup by Weygand,
Petain and Darlan.