Two Men who saved France



Major-General Sir Edward Spears


STEIN AND DAY/Publishers/New York


dust jacket information:

During both World Wars, the author served as the principal liaison officer between the British and French armies. It was from this extraordinary vantage point that General Spears witnessed the making of history. During World War I, the French armies mutinied, imperiling the Allied cause. It was Pétain who saved France then by putting down the mutinies. Here, we have not only this story told by the sole British eyewitness but also Pétain's own memoirs of these events.

In 1940, General Spears, again in a liaison role, brought de Gaulle from France to England to establish the Free French forces. As Head of the Spears Mission, he was responsible for all matters concerning de Gaulle's relationship with the British. In this fascinating first-hand study of the younger de Gaulle (France then unquestionably owed her salvation to his arrogant methods of operation), we see the de Gaulle of today in the making.

Major-General Sir Edward Spears has been referred to by S. L. A. Marshall, the famed military analyst, as "the great humanist among military writers, a poet laureate of the wars."

Among Major-General Spears' other works are: Liaison, 1914; Prelude to Victory; Assignment to Catastrophe: Volume I Prelude to Dunkirk, Volume II The Fall of France.



I. General Pétain in 1917

1. Pétain and the French Mutinies
2. A Crisis of Morale in the French Nation at War by General Pétain

II. General de Gaulle in 1940

Map: The French African Empire 1940

1. General Pétain in 1917