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Hitler's gift to France : the return of the remains of Napoleon II : crisis at Vichy, December 15, 1940

Author: Georges Poisson
Publisher: New York : Enigma, ©2008.
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"Adolf Hitler had always been an enthusiastic admirer of the French Emperor. In June 1940, during a visit to Napoleon's tomb, the Fuhrer decides to crown his crushing victory over the French army with a grand gesture - he orders the return from Vienna of the remains of Napoleon II, the great Emperor's only son. Hitler imagines a grandiose public ceremony where his name will be linked forever to that of Napoleon  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Poisson, Georges, 1924-
Hitler's gift to France.
New York : Enigma, ©2008
(OCoLC)755249333
Named Person: François-Charles-Joseph Bonaparte, Herzog von Reichstadt; Philippe Pétain; Pierre Laval; Herzog) Napoléon François Charles Joseph Bonaparte (Reichstadt
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Georges Poisson
ISBN: 9781929631674 1929631677
OCLC Number: 173721048
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Description: xl, 148 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Other Titles: Retour des cendres de l'Aiglon.
Responsibility: Georges Poisson ; translated by Robert L. Miller.
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In the dead of the winter of 1940 Hitler decides to return from their burial place in Vienna the ashes of Napoleon II known as the "Aiglon" and only son of the Emperor Napoleon.  Read more...

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