Britain and the Defeated French : From Occupation to Liberation, 1940-1944
by Peter Mangold
✅ Editor: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
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The four years between the defeated army of France by Nazi Germany and the disembarkation were vital, dramatic and eventful years in Franco-British relations.These years saw the first armed clashes between France and Great Britain since the Napoleonic wars, including that of the famous Royal Navy on the French fleet at Mers-el-Kebir.They also saw a curious relationship between Britain and Vichy France.Vichy is both a hostile power, under German domination and at the same time a porous regime through which British influenced its policy, attitudes towards resistance and the transit of British soldiers and airmen through its territory en route to Spain, could move quite freely.Great Britain had an ambivalent attitude towards Vichy – obviously contradictory but also pragmatic.The history of Vichy France is often seen as an attraction in the global context of the Second World War.However, Peter Mangold here shows that Vichy’s attitude towards the allies, especially the British, was ambivalent and complex.His absorbing and up-to-date account, based on groundbreaking historical research, highlights the conflicts within the Vichy regime and the way in which contacts and connections with de Gaulle in London and the British government were maintained.This exciting and fast-paced book brings the great characters of history to life – not only Churchill and de Gaulle, but also Macmillan, Petain and Leclerc.In this book, Mangold skillfully re-evaluates the complex international chessboard in wartime and, in the process, reveals a little known aspect of the history of the Second World War.
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