Armed Forces (France)
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Armed Forces (France)

During the World War the French armed forces were faced with an extraordinary organizational challenge. Including foreign legionaries and the colonial troops, there were a total 8.7 million men assembled under arms.

Until General Joffre was replaced as commander-in-chief in December 1916, Grand Quartier Général (General Staff, GQG) held the supreme command. According to the decree of December 2, 1913, in time of war its commander in chief would maintain supreme command of the zone des armées (militarized zone), while the minister of war would be respo…

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Jauffret, Jean-Charles, “Armed Forces (France)”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 30 March 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0024>
First published online: 2015



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