By Bertram M. Gordon
The so much accomplished reference paintings in its box, this booklet covers a vast diversity of topics―military, political, financial, social, portray, literature, tune, cinema, dance, theater, activities, and day-by-day life―related to France and her empire in the course of global struggle II. beginning with the 1938 Munich hindrance and carrying on with during the 1940 defeat, profession, Vichy, Resistance, Liberation, and the institution of the post-Liberation Provisional executive, the paintings additionally addresses such legacies of the wartime adventure because the position of former President Fran^D,cois Mitterrand and the trial of former Vichy reliable Maurice Papon.
Designed to be the reference of first recourse for these drawn to global battle II France, the book's specialise in career, Vichy, and the French Resistance will familiarize the reader with the latest old interpretations of French lifestyles in the course of a afflicted and dramatic interval. The paintings also will introduce the reader to some of the controversies pertaining to collaboration and resistance, that have stirred postwar French public discourse to the current day. The e-book is additionally a bibliographic advisor in case you want to understand extra concerning the period.
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Extra resources for Historical Dictionary of World War II France: The Occupation, Vichy, and the Resistance, 1938-1946
Invasion plans against France had been changed no fewer than 29 times between the defeat of Poland in September 1939 and the actual attack in the west in May 1940. When informed of the armistice arrangements in June, General Franz Halder, the head of the German Army General Staff, complained in his diary of ‘‘dilettante interference’’ in military planning. Only on 30 June was a plan (Felix) developed, to conquer French North Africa. Hitler’s own second thoughts regarding the armistice were reflected in his December 1940 signing of the order for Operation Attila, a plan to occupy the zone that the armistice had left unoccupied.
Mentioned five times in army dispatches during World War I and engaged in right-wing conspiracies within the army in the 1930s, Loustanau-Lacau was well acquainted with Marshal Pe´tain. Having come to Vichy after his escape on 15 August 1940 from the hospital at Chaˆ lons-sur-Marne, where he had been prisoner of war, he was named general delegate of the Le´gion Franc¸aise des Combattants. At Vichy, using the pseudonym ‘‘Navarre’’ and with the help of MarieMadeleine Me´ ric (later, Fourcade), he reconstituted his interwar army network, the ‘‘Corvignolles,’’ which he lodged in the Hotel des Sports in Vichy.
In North Africa Eisenhower’s civil affairs officers provided liaison between the military and French officials but did not govern. Although AMGOT had been abandoned by the beginning of 1944, the threat of an occupation government for France remained a concern for the Gaullists on the eve of D-Day. Roosevelt authorized American officials to print French currency to be distributed upon landing in Normandy. De Gaulle objected that this action usurped French sovereignty, declared the Allied francs to be ‘‘counterfeit,’’ and refused to allow French liaison officers to participate in the landings.
Historical Dictionary of World War II France: The Occupation, Vichy, and the Resistance, 1938-1946 by Bertram M. Gordon