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World War Two - France

''Guns On French Cliffs Shell British Ships
(PM Tabloid, 1940)

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"A British convoy in the Straits of Dover today ran the gauntlet of terrific cannonade of long range German artillery on the French cliffs from Calais to Boulogne. The spectacular Channel bombardment was witnessed by thousands on the Dover cliffs. They reported that none of the 18 ships in the British convoy appeared to have been hit."

 

The Leader of Free France (The American Magazine, 1942)

"Almost literally, he has built Free France from magnificent words. The miracle began on June 18, 1940, when he stepped before a London microphone with defiant, solemn appeal, beginning, 'I, Charles de Gaulle, General of France' - and ending superbly, 'Soldiers of France, wherever you may be, arise!'.

"The truth is that, to followers of de Gaulle, he is not a human being at all; he is a symbol, like the flag."

 

Why France Fell (Omnibooks Magazine, 1942)

On assignment for the Hearst papers, H.R. Knickerbocker (1898 – 1949) witnessed the total collapse of the French Army. He made his observations and conclusions available to American readers in his 1941 book Is Tomorrow Hitler's?, which hit the bookshops shortly after Pearl Harbor.

"If [The French] had ignored their low birth rate, been willing to spend lives, had retained the old offensive spirit traditional in the French Army, had known that they had to win or perish, had a Churchill to inspire and lead them, and had no traitors in their ranks, their comparative lack of weapons would not have mattered; they would still be fighting the Germans in France."

Click here to read the observations of U.S. Army Lieutenant Louis L'Amour concerning 1946 Paris.

Another article about a French general who collaborated with the Nazis can be read here...

 

French Slavery Becomes A Reality (PM Tabloid, 1942)

"Petain clamped the chains of Nazi slavery on the men and women of France today. The aged Marshal, Pierre Laval, and their quisling cabinet, promulgated a decree ordering all French men and women to compulsory labor. The decree, which the Government frankly admitted meant slavery in Germany for thousands of Frenchmen, was signed by Petain on Friday night."

Click here to read about the enslavement of Europe...

 

The French Navy In The Balance (PM Tabloid, 1940)

 

Remembering The Occupation (Tricolor Magazine, 1945)

Shortly after the German exit from Paris, French writer and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre (1905 – 1980) put pen to paper in an effort to help explain what the citizens of that city were feeling throughout the German occupation of Paris:

"At first the site of them made us ill; then, little by little, we forgot to notice them, for they had become an institution. What put the finishing touches to their harmlessness was their ignorance of our language. A hundred times I've seen Parisians in cafes express themselves freely about politics two steps away from a blank looking German soldier with a lemonade glass in front of him. They seemed more like furniture than like men."

Click here to read about the fall of Paris...

 


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