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Under the Shadow of NapoleonFrench Influence on the American Way of Warfare from Independence to the Eve of World War II$
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Michael Bonura

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814709429

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814709429.001.0001

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The End of French Influence on American Warfare, 1918–1941

The End of French Influence on American Warfare, 1918–1941

(p.213) 6 The End of French Influence on American Warfare, 1918–1941
Under the Shadow of Napoleon

Michael A. Bonura

NYU Press

This chapter chronicles a period of anomaly in the history of American warfare, as more efficient solutions than those generally presented by the French combat method came to light after World War I. While the French combat method provided a solution to the problems of modern combat, several different theories of war competed with it in the army through professional debates, journals, tests, and the drafting of new regulations during the 1920s and the 1930s. In conjunction with theoretical and battlefield developments in Europe, these debates reached a fever pitch in the years leading up to World War II. With the German victories of the 1930s, this period of anomaly preceded the creation of a new paradigm. During that time, the army's officer corps experienced an intellectual revolution that resulted in a change in their intellectual framework of the battlefield.

Keywords:   American warfare, French combat method, World War I, World War II, intellectual revolution, intellectual framework, battlefield developments, modern combat

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