Tag Archives: Vichy

BBC Monitoring and French Radio during the Second World War

Introduction On 28 June 1940, Alexis Léger, the former head of the French Foreign Ministry told Winston Churchill that against a background of growing anti-British sentiment in France following the defeat, Britain might make use of the fact that BBC … Continue reading

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‘Imprisoned in the Vatican’: Neutrality and the Challenges Facing the French Embassy to the Holy See in World War Two

Paper presented at ‘Embassies in Crisis’ conference, British Academy, 9 June 2016 Introduction The case of the French embassy to the Holy See in the Second World War was very different to the other embassies being discussed today, given the … Continue reading

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Relations between Britain and France in World War Two

I am currently working on a two-year Royal Society of Edinburgh Network on ‘Relations between Britain and France in World War Two’, with Dr Rogelia Pastor-Castro.   The Network  The network will contribute substantially to understanding the wider long-term significance … Continue reading

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Perceptions of Britain in Vichy’s Foreign Policy, 1940-1942

Presented at ‘Britain and France in World War Two’ colloquium, British Ambassador’s Residence, Paris, 16 October 2015 Anglophobia In a conversation with Pastor Boegner on 27 May 1941, Admiral Darlan stated: ‘I worked with the English for fifteen years, they … Continue reading

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A Shield against Italy? Vichy and the Defence of French Sovereignty, 1940-42

In December 1941, the head of the Italian armistice commission for France, General Vacca Maggiolini, accused French police and functionaries in the unoccupied zone of being complicit in anti-Italian intelligence activities. In February that year, General Grossi accused the French authorities … Continue reading

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‘Laboratory of Liberation’: Lessons for France from the Liberation of Corsica

  Liberation of Corsica in 1943 provided important lessons for mainland France Corsica provided warnings of what might happen if Communists took charge Corsican experience showed allies the capabilities and limitations of the Resistance On the eve of the 70th … Continue reading

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The Italian occupation of France, 1940-43: Responding to the threats of Annexation

On 4 December 1938, witnessed by thousands, the president of the war veterans’ association for Corsica delivered what became known as the ‘oath of Bastia’: ‘Before the world, with all our soul, on our glories, on our graves, on our … Continue reading

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