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France:

The Dark Years, 1940-1944

Paperback (688 pages), kindle
The first comprehensive study of the German occupation of France between 1940 and 1944, examining the nature and extent of collaboration and resistance, different experiences of Occupation, the persecution of the Jews, intellectual and cultural life under Occupation, and the purge trials that followed.

France:

This is the first comprehensive study of the German occupation of France between 1940 and 1944.

The author examines the nature and extent of collaboration and resistance, different experiences of Occupation, the persecution of the Jews, intellectual and cultural life under Occupation, and the purge trials that followed. He concludes by tracing the legacy and memory of the Occupation since 1945.

Taking in ordinary peoples' experiences, this volume uncovers the conflicting memories of occupation which ensure that even today France continues to debate the legacy of the Vichy years.

The Fall and Liberation of France...

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  • 22 Jun 40: Defeated France signs armistice with Germany
  • 26 Aug 44: General Charles de Gaulle leads a parade to celebrate the liberation of Paris
  • 29 Aug 44: Resistance patrols continue to route out German snipers in Paris

French Resistance...

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  • 21 Aug 41: First violent act of resistance against the Germans in Paris
  • 22 Oct 41: Fifty local hostages are shot in Nantes in reprisal for Resistance assassination
  • 24 Oct 41: Jean Moulin meets in London with Charles de Gaulle
  • 01 Jan 42: Jean Moulin organizes French Resistance groups
  • 27 May 43: First unified meeting of French Resistance groups takes place
  • 21 Jun 43: French Resistance leader Jean Moulin is arrested
  • 08 Jul 43: French Resistance leader Jean Moulin dies from torturous interrogations
  • 19 Dec 43: French Resistance battles German troops in Bernex in eastern France
  • 10 May 44: French Resistance claims they have over 100,000 fighters
  • 20 May 44: Eisenhower broadcasts groups in preparation for the invasion
  • 01 Jun 44: BBC broadcasts first line of poem to signal invasion within two weeks
  • 05 Jun 44: BBC broadcasts second line of poem to signal invasion within 48 hours
  • 19 Aug 44: French Resistance fighters rise up in Paris against occupying troops
  • 29 Aug 44: French Resistance continues to route Germans following liberation of Paris

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