Great article. The 1970s BBC documentary, The World at War discusses the Saar offensive briefly. Incredible that the French didn't make better use of aerial reconnaissance and their extensive intelligence penetration of Germany to better gauge its serious weakness on the Western Front in September 1939. If the advantage had been pressed home, Hitler may well have been deposed by the dissidents in the army officer corps and the war, and perhaps Nazism itself, ended right then and there.

Al Ronzoni is a writer, historian and political activist based in New York City

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