Musée de l'Armée - Invalides
Neither hagiography nor systematic criticism: a complete and contextualized biography which allows, from the archives and writings of the time, to trace the complete career of Marshal Joffre (1852-1931), one of the most disputed military leaders of the First World War. Appreciated as one of the best connoisseurs of the French, Metropolitan or Colonial Army, in all its facets, he was criticized by the reactionaries when he was appointed Chief of General Staff in 1911. Adulated after the battle of the Marne, even if the paternity of the victory is disputed by Gallieni, it is more and more criticized until being replaced by Nivelle in 1916. little by little forgotten then calumniated from the interwar period, it n is more than an image of Epinal. However, contrary to what is repeated by those who are content to repeat misconceptions, his decisions have often been particularly judicious.Une new reading, still referenced but breathtaking, French military history at the beginning of the twentieth century.
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