By Nicholas Atkin
It really is generally assumed that the French within the British Isles through the moment global battle have been fully-fledged supporters of normal de Gaulle, and that around the channel a minimum of, the French have been a "nation of resisters." This hugely provocative research unearths that the majority exiles have been on British soil unintentionally instead of via layout, and plenty of weren't definite no matter if to stick. Drawing on little-known archival resources, this learn examines the hopes and fears of those groups who have been bitterly divided between themselves, a few being interested in P?tain up to to de Gaulle. It additionally seems at how they outfitted into British lifestyles and the way the British in flip spoke back. Illustrated all through, this is often crucial studying for a person attracted to the British and French reviews of the second one international battle.
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FO 371 also contains the important minutes of the Committee on Foreign (Allied) Resistance, which met throughout the period 1940–42 and which reported directly to the War Cabinet. 87 It is at this point that the minutes become less helpful for this particular study, although by 1941 it was already the case that more attention was being devoted to matters overseas than to developments within the French communities in Britain. 88 Also of value were two other series that have largely been overlooked in previous studies of wartime France.
Jackson, The Dark Years. France, 1940–1944 (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2001). It also figured prominently in early editions of La France Libre. See especially R. T. Thomas, Britain and Vichy, 1940–1942 (London, Macmillan, 1979). See R. Aglion, De Gaulle et Roosevelt. La France Libre aux Etats-Unis (Paris, Plon, 1984) and G. E. Maguire, Anglo-American Relations with the Free French (Basingstoke, Macmillan, 1995). See N. Atkin, ‘De Gaulle et la presse anglaise, 1940–1943’, Espoir, no. 71, juin 1990, 39–45, P.
Throughout, it keeps a close watch on how both the British government and public catered for and responded to these strange communities in their midst, communities that often seemed to be at odds with one another. 2499 Chap1 7/4/03 2:41 pm Page 15 Communities, circumstances and choices 15 The organisation of the book revolves around the dual themes that dominated the lives of the ‘forgotten French’: community and circumstance. In the midst of my research, it became clear that while many of the groups often intermixed – for instance, Gaullist troops sought passport advice from Vichyite consular officials in Bedford Square, intellectuals and refugees rubbed shoulders in Soho restaurants, and servicemen seeking repatriation frequently read anti-Pétainist propaganda devised by the general’s headquarters in Carlton Gardens – they also kept their distance from one another, and retained separate identities.
The Forgotten French: Exiles in the British Isles, 1940-44 by Nicholas Atkin