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20 RELIEF FROM MILITARY BURDENS tingents to be called from 1935 to 1939-the so-called annees creuses-would have only half the usual number of conscripts. And this pattern might be repeated from generation to generation. To people accustomed to measuring French military strength by comparing French and German birthrates, these statistics rendered acute an already existing source of anxiety. Even with the addition of Alsace and Lorraine, the French population was smaller in 1921 than it had been in 1911; to make up for the war dead and the excess of civilian deaths would take thirty-five years, on the assumption that there would be 60,000 more births than deaths per year.

Above all the country wanted to relax after the strain and challenge of a great national effort. This overwhelming fatigue and desire for demobilization, both military and psychological, was the dominant mood. All thoughts turned to re-establishing, or finding again, the comforts and security of a peaceful, orderly existence. No one, in early 1919, envisaged as the result of the recent and costly victory a peace so fragile and tenuous as to offer France nothing more than a troubled and uneasy future.

La France militaire, January 4, 1919; February 12-13, 1919. 31 FRANCE AT THE END OF THE WAR figured in discussions of the question of officers a titre temporaire,52 such efforts remained platonic. "53 In the end many of these officers were forced to return to their former situation in accordance with a government circular of April 10,1919, which made it a precondition of their re-enlistment that they resign the temporary ranks they had won during the war. Others-how many it is impossible to know, since the govern- ment never issued any statistics-took their chances on the examinations designed to test whether they had the general education considered necessary for an officer and leader of men.

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