Strange Defeat

Marc Bloch
Introduced by Frederick Maurice Powicke
Preface by Robert O. Paxton
Translated by Gerard Hopkins

A compelling first-hand account of the Fall of France in 1940, written before its author was executed by the Nazis.

‘Much has been, and will be, written in explanation of the defeat of France in 1940, but it seems unlikely that the truth of the matter will ever be more accurately and more vividly presented than in this statement of evidence’ 

  1. New York Times Book Review

In Strange Defeat, a former French army captain records his first-hand account of the fall of France in 1940. Vehement and impassioned, it is also lucid and learned, for its author was not only a veteran of two world wars but one of his country’s leading historians and a professor at the Sorbonne. Having fought in the First World War, Marc Bloch was in his fifties when the Second began: his age and six children exempted him from enlisting, yet he chose to fight. Strange Defeat is a clear-eyed and deeply moving analysis of the factors that led to France’s defeat.

Bound in printed Kraft paper

Set in Bulmer

208 pages

Frontispiece and 16 pages of colour and black & white plates

Plain slipcase

9˝ x 5¾˝

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