Foreign Volunteers of the Allied Forces 1939–45

Foreign Volunteers of the Allied Forces 1939–45

Men-at-Arms 238
  • Author: Nigel Thomas
  • Illustrator: Simon McCouaig
  • Short code: MAA 238
  • Publication Date: 25 Jul 1991
  • ISBN: 9781855321366
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 48
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In a period of just over two years, from 15 March 1939 to 30 April 1941, ten countries were defeated in campaigns in which Nazi Germany deployed revolutionary techniques of mobile warfare. The breakneck speed of German victories allowed some defeated troops to escape to friendly countries, where their political leaders established governments-in-exile and formed them into military units to continue the struggle. The hard-pressed Western Allies welcomed this well-motivated manpower with open arms. Nigel Thomas investigates the foreign volunteers of the Western Allies in a fascinating text backed by contemporary photographs and eight full page colour plates by Simon McCouaig.

Biographical Note

Nigel Thomas is a graduate in French and German (BA Joint Honours, Manchester University, 1968; PGCE Durham University, 1972; MA German, Newcastle University, 1980), who has amassed a large archive of information on 20th century military uniforms and orders of battle. He has authored and co-authored many Osprey titles such as MAA 282 Axis Forces in Yugoslavia 1941-45 and is currently head of the Modern Languages Centre and Business Language Unit at the University of Northumbria. Simon McCouaig is rapidly establishing himself as one of the bright new stars of modern military illustration. He has already illustrated several Men-at-Arms and Elite volumes including the well respected South-East Asian Special Forces.

Contents

Introduction Czechoslovakia Poland Norway Denmark Belgium The Netherlands France Yugoslavia Greece The Plates

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