Schoenbrun, David.


1st ed., 1980. Xiv + 512 pp., photo-plates + maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Slight wear to edges of d.j., inscription in coloured pen to dedication page ; small owner's label to f.e.p., o/w V.G. Here is the first comprehensive history of the French Resistance. Against the background of events that brought the fall of France in 1940, we watch the birth of the major Resistance movements and see them grow from fledgling disseminators of propaganda into a major armed force. We follow the intelligence war between Resistance spies and the Gestapo; the intricate double game played by Vichy collaborationists; the lonely Charles de Gaulle, trying to carve the nucleus of a Free French force out of a conservative officer corps. It describes the growth of the marquis as thousands of French youths took to the woods as guerrillas and it follows the assistance of the Resistance to the Allied landings in Normandy and southern France; the drama of the 1944 insurrection in Paris ; the restoration of the Republic. The author adds his personal knowledge of American diplomatic manoeuvring in Algiers during the establishment there of the provisional French government-in-exile, and of the rivalry between the American-backed General Giraud and the proudly independent General de Gaulle. We are also given intimate glimpses into the characters of Generals Eisenhower, Bradley and Patton, and of their often-ambiguous relations with the French – a key to any understanding of French-American relations since the war.

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