The Army of the Future (1941)


Handsome First American Edition of De Gaulle's Vision of a Modern Army, Written Just Before World War II

De Gaulle, Charles. The Army of the Future. Philadelphia and New York: J.B. Lippincott, 1941.

Octavo. Hardcover. 1st American Edition.

First American edition of this fascinating book by General De Gaulle about his ideas for army modernization and mechanization, later used to create the Third Reich's Panzerdivision. Written just a few years before France was overrun by Nazi Germany, De Gaulle's The Army of the Future grapples with the possibility of Flanders and France being overrun by a superior professional, mechanized army. Though De Gaulle's work was obviously informed by the French experience during World War I, it nevertheless failed to motivate French leaders, instead finding many admirers inside of Germany who followed De Gaulle's plans for army modernization. Published one year after the first British edition. Book about-fine, with only slightest toning to pages and spine extremities. Dust jacket extremely good, with a bit of wear to extremities. A handsome copy.