By Richard Holmes
Captions and outlines complement images from the records of London's Imperial battle Museum, displaying a number of features of the struggle and its effect.
This ebook makes use of many never-before-published photos.
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Its government, the Etat While RAF pilots who crash-landed or escaped by parachute were Français, which replaced the Third Republic, was established in soon back in the battle (sometimes the same day) Germans who the little spa town of Vichy. Not all Frenchmen were prepared to baled out over Britain were captured. Nor was German strategy accept the verdict of 1940. Charles de Gaulle, an acting brigadier well-directed, and for this Hermann Goring, Commander-in-Chief general and, briefly, member of the Reynaud government, flew to of the Luftwaffe, must shoulder much of the blame.
Russian and German officers chat at Brest-Litovsk on September 18, 1939. The Russians show their rank on collar badges: the traditional epaulettes, hated symbol of the tsarist officer class, were to appear after the German invasion. The blackuniformed German is a panzer officer. LEFT The remnants of the garrison of Warsaw, marching out of the city after its surrender, September 27, 1939. Most of the buildings show the damage inflicted by German bombardments and air-raids. RIGHT Poland had a large Jewish population, and the invading Germans rapidly set about rounding it up: an aged Jew is detained in Warsaw.
LEFT Schoolchildren from North London prominently labelled for identification • leaving the railway station on arrival at their provincial destination. BELOW Popular entertainment helped maintain morale. Here RAF men are doing the "Lambeth Walk" with Lupino Lane and the cast of the hit musical Me and My Girl. 39 FRANCE P R E P A R E S France planned to fight a long war, with the Maginot Line safeguarding her from German attack while her war machine gradually built up speed. The French army was a mixture of ancient and modern, with infantry and artillery reminiscent of 1918 and, although it had some good tanks, too many of these were allocated to infantry support.