Today, I’m a retired scientist.
I was born in March 1945 in North Africa.
My two parents were also scientists, my eldest son too, the youngest is a piano teacher.
As you can easily feel it, I'm French.
That was reinforced when I saw, during a meeting near Algiers, in 1953 (I was 8), the great test pilot Marcel Doret flying his old Dewoitine D 27: Wonderful !
- Jean du Plessis de Grénédan, who died in the Dixmude French Zeppelin,
- Georges Bougault, leader of the Bearn carrier fighter squadron, who died when his Bernard HV 120 floatplane Schneider Cup racer crashed while flying at very low altitude and very high speed (585 kph) in 1931,
- Edmond Marin La Meslé, one of the best fighter pilots of the Campaign of France, who was shot down with his Thunderbolt by Flak in February 1945.
After the war, he flew many planes in various countries (Morocco, Vietnam) before to be pilot for Air France.
He was one of the Boeing 707 pilots who were authorized to experiment a barrel roll by his (famous) Boeing mentor Alvin Tex Johnston.
Finally, I obtained my pilot license in August 1989: I was 44, and I had flown only until October 1992, when I focused on my new scientific project, on a completely new field of research.
They chatted together by my side - I was a child - a lot of time about the defeat suffered by my country in June 1940.
Against the common tales, the main problem was not the soldiers but the staffs of the different armies, who acted as they had neither work to both the tactical and strategical actual modern conceptions.
Thanks to Internet and to my own activities of blogger, I discovered also the old publications as Les Ailes, L'Aéronautique and L'Aérophile.
I’m very interested by armored vehicles as treated by the splendid GBM review, also by submarines.
At the primary school in 1954, I have seen the movie Casabianca on the saga of one the five submarines who managed to escape the scuttling of the French Fleet at Toulon in 1942.
I saw some of the most dramatic steps of the liberation of Corsica - and, obviously, I have read the really extraordinary book her captain, Jean L’Herminier, wrote.
My endless researches reinforced my admiration for the French - but not only - engineers who have provided up to date materials to the pilots.
However, some administrative (no ! Read bureaucratic) structures have acted against any common sense, favoring clearly our enemies.
Such a perception, unfortunately, regards also many Allied deciders...
That will be the main subject of my blog.
May be, some of my readers feel some of my analyses a little too harsh.
But I have 2 choices when I'm analyzing the causes of the huge Allied defeat of 1940:
- Writing, as it is currently written, that this defeat was unavoidable...
- Explaining, as it's possible for me, how a incredible collection of stupid choices led the Allied soldiers in such a bad way.