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The cruel victory : the French Resistance, D-Day and the battle for the Vercors 1944

Author: Paddy Ashdown
Publisher: London : William Collins, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the bestselling and prize-winning author of 'A Brilliant Little Operation' comes the long neglected D-Day story of the largest action by the French Resistance during WWII, published to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings.
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Additional Physical Format: Ebook version
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paddy Ashdown
ISBN: 9780007520800 0007520808 0007520824 9780007520824
OCLC Number: 876284444
Description: xxiii, 472 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. The Vercors before the Vercors --
2. France from the Fall to 1943: Setting the Scene --
3. Beginnings --
4. The Army Goes Underground --
5. Camps and Plans --
6. Exodus and Folly --
7. Expectation, Nomadisation and Decapitation --
8. Retreat, Retrenchment and Reconstruction --
9. Pressure and Parachutes --
10. The Labours of Hercules --
11. January 1944 --
12. Of Germans and Spies --
13. February 1944 --
14. March 1944 --
15. Weapons, Wirelesses, Air Drops and Codes --
16. April 1944 --
17.A Basket of Crabs --
18. May 1944 --
19. The First Five Days of June 1944 --
20.D-Day: 6 June 1944 --
21. Mobilization --
22. The First Battle of Saint-Nizier --
23. The Second Battle of Saint-Nizier --
24. Respite and Reorganization --
25.A Damned Good Show --
26. Mixed Messages --
27. The Republic --
28. Action and Expectation --
29. Bastille Day: 14 July 1944 --
30. Pflaum's Plans and People --
31. The Rising Storm --
32. The End of Dreams: Friday 21 July 1944. Contents note continued: 33. Fighting On: Saturday 22 July 1944 --
34. The Final Battles: Sunday 23 July 1944 --
35. Retreat and Refuge --
36. The Harrowing of the Vercors --
37. Resurgence and Revenge --
38. Aftermath and Afterlives --
39. Postscript.
Responsibility: Paddy Ashdown.
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'Excellent in showing how men across France mobilised. For Ashdown, Vercors is the "hidden story of D-Day" and he tells it with panache and great attention to detail.' Sunday Express 'A powerful Read more...

 
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