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The French Defeat in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71

In the eyes of many, the French defeat of 1871 had been nothing less than ‘the greatest military collapse recorded by history’. Within the space of only six months, France had lost the war, lost Alsace-Lorraine, and lost its self-belief. … Continue reading

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‘A stab in the back’: Mussolini’s declaration of war against France, 10 June 1940

75th anniversary of Italian declaration of war against France Italian invasion and occupation of France often neglected Many in France saw it as a betrayal The Italian declaration of war against France on 10 June 1940 has often been forgotten or … Continue reading

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