A Summary Analysis of Marc Bloch’s Arguments on the Fall of France to Nazi Germany in Strange Defeat This study will argue the main points of Marc Bloch’s arguments on the fall of France to the Nazis during the Second World War. By detailing the pacifism that was so common in the government of Leon Blum and in the policies of the High Command, Bloch makes an argument for this as a primary reason why Hitler overran the French with relative ease. Also, the use of German military tactics and technology were often faster and more efficient than the larger, more colossal French Army. In essence, these are the major reasons why France fell to the German’s in Bloch’s critical assessment of the political and military reasons for Hitler’s dominance...The end:
..... Bloch felt that this type of non-compliance to the defense of France was traitorous. Also, the high Command was also found to be guilty of such pacifism, especially when Germany began to attack with fast paced maneuvers against the bewildered French armies. Bloch also argues that the fast speed of German attacks and the technological advancements of aerial bombardment were also critical the success of the Germans over the French, as the French army was using outdated tactics while under the political spell of governmental pacifism—via Leon Blum and the High Command. These are Bloch’s central arguments for the fall of France to the Germans at the outset of World War II. Bibliography Bloch, Marc. Strange Defeat. New York: W. W. Norton, 1999.