The Killing fields of Provence, Occupation, Resistance and Liberation In The South Of France

The author has provided a complete and well-researched study of the French Resistance groups, Allied agents and Special Forces operating against the Germans in the South of France. The story of the resistance in the South of France has been covered far less than the situation in Northern and Western France, a deficiency corrected by this very readable book. – Very Highly Recommended.

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NAME: The Killing fields of Provence, Occupation, Resistance and Liberation In 
The South Of France
FILE: R3144
AUTHOR: James Bourhill
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back
PRICE: £25.00                                                               
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT:  WWII, World War II, World War 2, World War Two, Second World War, 
Vichy State, German Occupation, French Resistance, Maquis, SOE, SIS, OSS, 
sabotage, intelligence gathering, training, arms drops, Allied agents, Special Forces, 
SS-SD, Gestapo, deportations, forced labour. Operation Dragon

ISBN: 1-52676-132-7
PAGES: 405
IMAGE: B3144.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: The author has provided a complete and well-researched study of 
the French Resistance groups, Allied agents and Special Forces operating against the 
Germans in the South of France. The story of the resistance in the South of France 
has been covered far less than the situation in Northern and Western France, a 
deficiency corrected by this very readable book. – Very Highly Recommended.

In  1940, when France surrendered to Hitler, the Germans were happy to partition 
France to reduce the number of troops required to police the French. This is an area 
of WWII history that is often misunderstood. The Wehrmacht garrisoned Western 
France and, in most respects, was the military occupation force, but in reality they 
delegated to French police and officials many civil tasks, including the rounding up 
of Jews for deportation to Germany and the death camps. In the South of France a 
French puppet government was established at Vichy, but provided with German 
'liaison' personnel who made clear what Germany expected. When the Vichy 
Government was told by their masters to jump, they just asked “how high?”, but 
many Vichy personnel were very happy with Nazi political thought and often jumped 
higher than ordered.

The result was, as French opinion hardened against the Germans, resistance units 
began to form across France, but were differently structured because of the 
differences in the two parts of France. Allied agents were infiltrated into both areas, 
together with supplies of weapons, ammunition and communications. Training of 
resistance groups was similar but there were important differences, with the operation 
of Special Forces, including the British SAS with their armed jeeps. There was also in
 effect a civil war developing. The Vichy authorities were a coalition of people who 
supported many of the concepts of the Nazis, those who just did their pre-war jobs as 
best they could, and those preparing to take power after the Germans had gone. In the 
latter category Communists and Gaulists were already shaping up to direct the future 
of France and happy to betray each other to the Germans.

The author has done an excellent job of combining local and social history to provide 
a graphic and moving picture of the parallel universes that were partitioned France 
and of the replacement of Vichy with full German occupation. It is a story that is both 
inspiring and uncomfortable for the French. A story of courage, heroism, betrayal, 
deception, violence, duplicity, and deliverance from German occupation into the 
confused and contentious world of post war France