The Fall of France : The Nazi Invasion of 1940: The Nazi Invasion of 1940

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Oxford University Press, USA, Mar 27, 2003 - History - 256 pages
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This new book by Julian Jackson, a leading historian of twentieth-century France, charts the breathtakingly rapid events that led to the defeat and surrender of one of the greatest bastions of the Western Allies, and thus to a dramatic new phase of the Second World War. - ;On 16 May 1940 an emergency meeting of the French High Command was called at the Quai d'Orsay in Paris. The Germans had broken through the French lines on the River Meuse at Sedan and other locations, only five days after launching their attack. Churchill, who had been contacted by Prime Minister Reynaud the previous evening to be told that the French were beaten, had rushed to Paris. The mood on the French side was one of panic and despair: earlier in the day the French government had discussed the possibility of evacuating Paris. As the meeting proceeded, thick smoke rose from the garden outside the window as officials feverishly burnt papers to prevent them falling into German hands. Churchill asked Gamelin, the French Commander in Chief, 'Where are your reserves?' 'There are none', replied Gamelin. This exciting new book by Julian Jackson, a leading historian of twentieth-century France, charts the breathtakingly rapid events that led to the defeat and surrender of one of the greatest bastions of the Western Allies, and thus to a dramatic new phase of the Second World War. Using eyewitness accounts, memoirs, and diaries to bring the story to life, Julian Jackson both recreates the intense atmosphere of the six weeks in May and June leading up to the Vichy regime, and unravels the historical evidence to produce a fresh answer to the perennial question of whether the fall of France was inevitable. - ;It should become required reading - Contemporary Review;gripping reading...intelligently crafted with a logical structure that beautifully interweaves narrative and interpretation - Hanna Diamond, THES
 

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Superb, highly accessible revisionist study of Germany's swift defeat of France in 1940 and its wide-ranging implications, then and now.The fall of France was by no means inevitable, writes Jackson ... Read full review

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"The Fall of France: The Nazi Invasion of 1940" by Julian Jackson is very well written and interesting book. It represents an excellent analysis of the complex of reasons which led to the catastrophe ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
THE STORY
7
CAUSES CONSEQUENCES AND COUNTERFACTUALS
183
Guide to Further Reading
250
Notes
257
Index
265
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Julian Jackson is Professor of History at the University of Wales, Swansea. His publications include France: the Dark Years, 1940-1944 (OUP 2001), The Politics of Depression in France (CUP 1985), The Popular Front in France (CUP 1988), and De Gaulle (Cardinal 1990).

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