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Revealed! The truth behind the mask,
on 18 June 2014
A fascinating book,telling the reader a lot that our European neighbours would prefer,even now, to keep shrouded from public gaze, the German Wartime occupation of Paris,and France,during the period 1940-1944...The pages are filled with the behaviour of former well known personalities,Political Shortcomings,the struggle to survive,the greed and the black market,the collaboration,the activities of the Resistance Movement,before and after the liberation,and the increasingly lamentable relations that marked the deterioration of the Franco-Allied cooperation,in the final year of the War. bought this book to be a companion volume to the recently published "The Hotel on Place Vendome",the story of The Ritz Hotel in Paris,also available from Amazon,and I was not disappointed. I thoroughly recommend that if purchasers get this one,they should buy the other,because they are truly complementary,and provide a much better understanding of the events of the times,when read together.
I'm also drawn even closer to the conclusion that the Allies,particularly the Brits and Americans-and this is not to denigrate the massive contributions to Victory made by the Commonwealth Forces-did the one thing that the French can never forgive in the last century,we bailed them out not once, but twice, in thirty years,and stopped them having to speak German as their first language! Perfidious Albion!,we are damned forever!
Ah well!--I guess I'll go straight to Hell for that one!!