The French involvement in World War I
France was one of the major allied powers during the First World War. During WWI France had the biggest army in world. Then after the early defeats the French helped the British. They stopped the Germans before they could reach Paris and both sides dug trenches. The French and British armies suffered huge losses the French had lost close to 1,500,000 men through out the war. But the French did end up winning the longest battle called the battle of Verdun. There the French had lost 500,000 soldiers in that battle alone. To lift some pressure off the French army at Verdun the British and French troops started the battle of the Somme. Which had been a total slaughter and a failure but it did allow the French to resist the German army at Verdun.
France have a very strong military and empire some of the thing the French had as an advantage is the creation of the tank and there air force ,and they had a very strong defense so that no one could get past there defense because they had the trenches. The air force was split up in to multiple divisions each division had two or three brigade each with two squadrons. One of the disadvantages to Frances military was the rifles they were using. They would jam easy and they would get dirt or mud in them from the trenches that they were in and so most the time they wouldn’t be able to fire at the enemy because it was jammed or it may back fire on they.
They were many leaders in the French army here are a few of them. Ferdinand Foch he was names the supreme allied commander in 1918 in WWI and he was able to create a very successful counter attack at the second battle of Marne. Next is General Joffre he regrouped the retreating allied forces to defeat the German forces at the first battle of Marne in 1914. Another great French military leader is Philippe Petain who led in both WW1 and WW2. He led the French to victory at Verdun...