- Apr 2017
Personally, I think Petain saved France not once but twice. His achievements in WW1 are obvious. But in WW2 he took unto himself the mantle of traitor and collaborator in the same spirit as in Verdun, WW1---this time not to save his soldiers but the entire France. At that point France was powerless and defenseless and submission was preferable to extinction. To me, he is a Christ-like figure who is misunderstood. He was absolutely not senile. The man was what you would class as a pragmatic strategist. The type of leader you would need for the scenario one level below the absolute worst case scenario (extinction and total annihilation being the worst case).