WESTERN THEATRE: Battle of Desperation

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Premier & Defense Minister Paul Reynaud last week told the French Senate and the world that an intellectual revolution had been wrought in the French High Command by Germany's super-Blitzkrieg. The leader of that revolution, tight-mouthed little Maxime Weygand, the new Allied Generalissimo, shot aloft in an airplane from Paris to inspect the churning inferno in Picardy and Flanders out of which he was supposed to bring order, safety, victory.

General Weygand, at 73, had taken on another job for France, a desperate job, a supreme job. The desperation of...

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