After the Fall: German Policy in Occupied France, 1940-1944 by Thomas J. Laub

By Thomas J. Laub

German coverage in occupied France throughout the moment international battle used to be in lots of methods a narrative of sour inner clash among a few of the German enterprises in control of the career. After the Fall offers an in depth research of the fight among those various organisations, highlighting the numerous adjustments in ideology, coverage, and approach among the military, the SS, and the diplomatic provider, and the rivalries among them of their fight for dominance. It additionally seems to be at what those battles implied for the course of German coverage in France, from the exploitation of the French economic climate and the suppression of resistance task, to the try to perform Nazi racial plans. within the approach, it sheds a lot gentle on either the interior workings of the Nazi regime and at the judgements made by means of the French govt through the process the occupation.

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Vol. VIII, pp. 248–250 (hereafter abbreviated as DGFP). ⁵ Umbreit, ‘The battle for hegemony in western Europe,’ pp. 238–40, 232–6. 24 the shocking defeat could not withstand the rigors of an attack in the West without further training and new equipment. Eager to attack, Hitler responded with a tantrum. The Führer could not understand why his chief military advisor worried about ‘a little indiscipline,’ accused his generals of defeatism, and stormed out of the meeting. ⁶ Although they shared some common goals, Hitler and many German generals did not enjoy a cordial relationship.

Army)/135 (JAG Law Library, 1944–49)/21/31–35. ⁴¹ Although noble in design, the Hague Convention anticipated neither the scope of modern economic warfare nor the twentieth-century concept of total war. Terms of the Hague Convention established one set of rules for private property and non-combatants while a second set of regulations governed the treatment of soldiers and property of belligerent governments. During the First and particularly Second World Wars, political and military leaders alike understood that modern warfare blurred distinctions central to the Hague Convention.

Both proposals assumed that the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany were allied in a war against Britain and France. In retaliation for not pursuing an aggressive military strategy and aiding Finland, Blum’s Socialist Party declined to support the Daladier government in a vote of confidence on 20 March 1940. ²⁸ The Reynaud government fared little better as the scope of France’s defeat became apparent. While French and British troops retreated toward Dunkirk, Reynaud invited Marshal Henri P´etain to join his government and fortify ministerial resolve.

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