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Une guerre en suspens, 26 août 1939-10 mai 1940 : quand les combattants allemands, britanniques et français attendaient

Abstract : "Sitzkrieg", "Phoney war" and "Drôle de guerre" are usually the terms used to describe the period from September 1st, 1939 to May 10th, 1940, marked by the absence of combat and boredom at the front. However, these terms conceal or even essentialize a more complex time, when memories of the Great War and the modernities of combat were intertwined. The comparison of German, British and French combatants from their mobilization - on 26 August 1939 for the Germans - to the launching of the campaign in the West, highlights this all too often forgotten period.Based on the front journals, diaries, letters and war diaries of the soldiers, but also official archives, this thesis questions the way in which the war that took place during the period from from September 1st, 1939 to May 10th, 1940, by its originality and atypical character, transformed the representations of German, British and French soldiers.This thesis has focused on showing that this pending war is defined first of all by the expectation of combat. The waiting months are for them a period of apprenticeship or relearning of the soldier's trade. This thesis then wanted to show that in all three armies, there is a questioning of the identity specific to combatants. It is a question of rediscovering a legitimacy, a meaning in their place, in their role in this war where they cannot fulfil their primary function, that of fighting.
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Amaury Bernard. Une guerre en suspens, 26 août 1939-10 mai 1940 : quand les combattants allemands, britanniques et français attendaient. Histoire. Université de Nanterre - Paris X, 2019. Français. ⟨NNT : 2019PA100100⟩. ⟨tel-02865349⟩

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