This exploration of the civilian dilemma in warfare adds significantly to the understanding of these events, particularly the impact that refugees had in disrupting the Allied response whilst also providing targets of opportunity to add fear and confusion and so fulfil the expectations of Blitzkrieg. Many personal accounts support the narrative and one is left with the image of desperation and frustration of the French civilians who were not trusted by their government to know the reality of the situation. What also comes across clearly is the French belief in the superiority of their army and belief in victory; something that is at odds with many of our perceptions today, conditioned by the apparent invincibility of the German Army at that time. A compelling account of the exodus, one which vividly brings to life a period of profound upheaval in French society
FLEEING HITLER France 1940
Much has been written regarding the fall of France in 1940 and in particular the Dunkirk evacuation. Less so the even larger evacuation of civilians from the invaded territory and the appalling suffering of families who in many cases experienced retreat and dislocation for the second time in a generation.
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HB 255 pp Illustrated