Though Germany eventually lost World War II and France again ended up on the victorious side, the leadership traits demonstrated before and during the battle in 1940 are textbook examples of what makes for great leadership—and what kind of leadership leads to defeat.
Daniel L. Davis is a retired U.S. Army colonel who served multiple tours in Afghanistan. He is a senior fellow with Defense Priorities. Follow him on Twitter @DanielLDavis1.
Image: Adolf Hitler and his entourage visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris on June 23, 1940. Wikimedia Commons / Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-H28708 / CC-BY-SA