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How did France lose the Franco-Prussian war?

• arclein

The industrial revolution had transformed the profession of arms, but in their martial illusions the French re-fought the battles of Napoleon I. They saw la grande guerre as it had been depicted in florid paintings of la Grande Armée, with picture-book charges, hedge-leaping hussars, romantic dragoons in knightly cuirasses, and moonlight glinting on the lances of the emperor's cavalry.