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Prussian Command in regards to our Allies* An RP thread

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This is meant as a fun RP thread, replies in a character are preferred. This isn't meant to be overly critical just some fun to have. 

 

*A prussian Admiral, decked out in medals and in full regalia strolls into a room, a hush falls over the crowd of gathered officers, land, air, and sea.*

Admiral Schroder clears his throat. Looking over the room, taking a moment to make eye contact with the various officers he'd become familiar with through out his years of service as well as the ones he'd not had the pleasure to meet fully.

"Ladies and Gentlemen, we have an issue. The french, our allies, have decided to join in the giant robot race."

This was met with many approving looks, glad to have the other of their allies finally get a giant robot. The british robot that intelligence had revealed looked to be a terrifying monster. Few looked forward to sending their men against that.

"Friends and colleagues," He said with a pause "The French don't seem to understand the definition of Robot."

 

 

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General Bunnahabhain, sorry if I mispronounced that, but surely they've seen our Metzgers and most recently the HochMeister. Certainly at least one of our officers was on the design board for helping them with their first combat robot? Certainly they had other ideas things that bounced around? Why'd they choose this...art project as their weapon?

 

Zahariel, That's a statue on a gravity engine with a single motion arm. 

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Technically one of a definition of a robot is a machine resembling a human being and able to replicate certain human movements and functions automatically......I guess the French got that right from a certain point of view.

It does look humanoid and capable of moving it's arm....

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Just because they didn't put radios in their recon tanks. Or think that German tanks could just smash through trees.

To be honest they thought about the last war. Something the french made as a mistake from the first world war. In which 100k+ casualties from them showing up in brightly colored uniforms marching across open fields in line formations. Machine guns treated them quite horribly.

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To be honest they thought about the last war. Something the french made as a mistake from the first world war. In which 100k+ casualties from them showing up in brightly colored uniforms marching across open fields in line formations. Machine guns treated them quite horribly.

Or the Germans' diabolical methods for dealing with French tanks: dig the trenches six inches wider than normal.
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French tanks... 3 gears forward, 6 gears reverse...

French Rifle...Never fired, dropped once...

A few of the remarks I usually hear about the French Army in both World Wars. The issue in reality was not the equipment or the soldier, but typically the command structure and the obsolete doctrines they held on to that caused most of the misery.

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Don't know about the WWs, but I loved being assigned to the french when I was in the service - in addition to K-rations they always got baguette and red wine. So if they go down, they go down with panache and in style!

And I would never question their fighting prowess! Excellent brothers in arms, that always made up for the occasional blunder in the chain of command of which every Army has its share.

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In OTL World War II, the poor performance of the French Army in 1940 was not an issue with Equipment or morale - so much as with strategy and leadership.  Yes, there were French officers who wanted to take the battle to the enemy - but many high officers, and a good number of top cabinet ministers, wanted a defeat. Their idea was that - upon surrender, france would sign a seperate peace , and that with the failure of the democratic government to have managed the war, a more fascist government - drawn from the military and the right-wing parties - would take over. Late 30's Europe was not much of a stronghold of democracy, and these elements of the French thought that the Germans would defeat what they considered weak and ineffectual democratic government, allowing them to come to power.(Indeed, it could be stated that Vichy started as just such a government).  However, they did not have a clear understanding of the German aims, and so misjudged the situation.  Indeed, element of the French government wanted to evacuate - to England, or to french-owned Algeria - and continue the fight - but the president was told that should he leave France he could not legally govern.

 

The courage and morale of the French forces can be seen in the exploits of the Free French, and in the various resistance groups.  France could have continued to fight - and indeed the people continued in many cases to do so. It was a failure in government that caused the fall of France.

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