French Resistance Fighter

France's Secret Army

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French Resistance Fighter

France's Secret Army

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Osprey's study of French Resistance fighters of World War II (1939-1945). Working as an underground force, the French Resistance was initially formed spontaneously from scattered groups of men and women, inspired by the leadership of men like Charles de Gaulle.

As the war progressed the Resistance developed into a secret army, terrorizing the forces of occupation and would-be collaborators alike, despite being excluded from the protection of the Geneva Convention, which left them facing torture and execution if captured.

Striking photographs, coupled with first-hand accounts of capture and its terrible consequences, depict an engaging and human history of the French Resistance fighter. Terry Crowdy details the military achievements, tactics, backgrounds, and motivations of the men and women of the Resistance, whose actions helped to ensure the success of the D-Day landings and the liberation of France.

Table of Contents

Introduction · Chronology · Motivations for Resistance · An Army in the Shadows · Living Clandestinely · Life in the Maquis · Supply Drops · Training · Resistance Tactics · A Final Reckoning · Bibliography and Further Reading · Colour Plate Commentary · Index

Product details

Published Jun 19 2007
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781846030765
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 47 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Warrior
Short code WAR 117
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Terry Crowdy

TERRY CROWDY is a British military history author…


Steve Noon

Steve Noon was born in Kent, UK, and attended art…


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