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Voices from the Dark Years: The Truth About Occupied France 1940-1945 Hardcover – 1 Jul 2007
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About the Author
DOUGLAS BOYD's lifelong interest in history first took a professional turn in the documentary reconstructions scripted and directed by him during his years as a BBC TV producer. He has been a full-time author since making his home in south-west France 28 years ago. His published work includes Eleanor (2003) and The Legion (2005) for Sutton.
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But aside from that, it is a very useful account of the Petain era which clarifies the very complex relationship between the various parties - the Nazi occupiers, the Vichy government, the squabbling resistance factions, the Free French forces during the dark years, and it sheds useful light on the way prewar French government worked. The writing style is somewhat jerky - it sometimes moves too rapidly from one subject to another - but that apart, I recommend it - as much as anything because it has at least some focus on the ordinary people of provincial France.
The meeting at Caluire was on 21st June, not 27th May, and was essential for arrangements to be made to replace Delestraint at the head of the ARMEE SECRETE. Dr Dugoujon was a medical doctor, not a dentist. Hardy was not handcuffed,etc, etc.
" It is hard to find a sane reason for such a major error". That is what I read on page 259 of my copy of this book.
The meeting was an urgent necessity as explained above. I suggest that anyone interested in this issue learn French and acquaint himself/herself with the continuing controversy of whether or not Hardy betrayed the meeting. All the convincing evidence is that he did
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