FRANCE: Where Is Gamelin?

Ou est Gamelin? asked Frenchmen last week on the boulevards of Paris and in the wineshops of Auvergne as under a new leader French Armies regrouped themselves along the Somme. Maurice Gustave Gamelin, once acknowledged "the world's foremost soldier," had seen his theories of stand-and-take-it warfare ground beneath the tread of German tanks and blasted into extinction by Nazi dive-bombers. While his predecessor and successor Maxime Weygand sweated under the gigantic task of constructing a new front, the morbidly curious speculated on the fate of the former generalissimo.

He had committed suicide...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!