RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 173721048 LA Translated from the French. T1 Hitler's gift to France : the return of the remains of Napoleon II : crisis at Vichy, December 15, 1940 A1 Poisson, Georges,, PB Enigma PP New York YR 2008 SN 9781929631674 1929631677 AB "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 Bonaparte. The announcement of such an extraordinary event upsets the rival collaborationists factions at Vichy: suddenly, in a palace coup, the Head of State, Marshal Petain, orders the arrest of Prime Minister Pierre Laval, thereby thwarting Hitler's plans. The German ambassador rushes from Paris with a heavily armed unit of SS to free Laval and prevent his assassination." "American diplomats and FDR were hoping that Laval's arrest would result in a major policy shift away from Hitler's Germany." "Hitler's Gift to France is a work of fascinating historical detection that reads like a thriller and sheds light on an intriguing and little known crisis of World War II."--Jacket.