France's military history spans 1,500 years of history across France, Europe and the former French colonies. There were 53 major conflicts in Europe. France will have been a belligerent in 49 of them, and the United Kingdom in 43. Of the 185 battles that France has fought in the last 800 years, its armies will have won 132 of them, and will have more lost 43, leaving only 10 battles undecided, thus giving the French military the record of victories in Europe. until the First World War when France had the most powerful army, Clemenceau will say, "France, yesterday a soldier of God, today a soldier of humanity, will always be a soldier of the ideal", and until the disaster of the second world war.