Vercors 1944: Resistance in the French Alps (Campaign) Paperback – 15 Dec 2012
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A highly illustrated account of the conflict between the German Army and security forces and the French resistance in the Alps.See all Product Description
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Vercors Plateau (1350km2) is situated in French Alps, near Grenoble. It is a place difficult to access, because of high cliffs - therefore it is a kind of natural fortress. In 1943 and 1944 hundreds of French resistance fighters, the "maquisards", took refuge there. Vercors became a kind of "no go area" for Vichy and Nazi security forces and the resistance used this place to receive safely the weapons dropped by allied planes and train more recruits.
Immediately after the Normandy landings French resistance mobilised around 4000 soldiers on the plateau and proclaimed this liberated area "The Free Republic of Vercors". Raids against German posts and convoys were organised from Vercors and a significant quantity of weapons were received from the allies by air-drops in July 1944. Some British and French officers were also dropped to act as liaison with the Resistance. For whatever reason it was, local French leaders decided to anandon typical guerilla tactics of "hit and run" and hold the plateau against any German attack. That proved to be a deadly mistake...
On 21 July 1944 Germans launched an anti-partisan operation against Vercors and captured the plateau surprisingly fast and easily! On 25 July all the defences of Vercors were breached and the French were on the run. German mopping up operations and reprisals against local civilians lasted until 5 August.Read more ›
Clear and precise, this book had me spellbound.
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