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This week in the War, 15–21 February 1943: STO—le Service du travail obligatoire, Vichy’s labour service law

This week in the war, on 16 February 1943, the law concerning the Service du travail obligatoire (STO)—the compulsory labour service law—was put into action by the government of Vichy France. It applied to young French males born between 1920 and 1922 and … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 21–27 December 1942: Vichy’s Admiral Francois Darlan is assassinated in Algiers

Admiral François Darlan, the one-time right-hand man of Vichy head-of-state, Maréchal Philippe Pétain, was assassinated in Algiers this week in the war, on 24 December 1942. At the time of the Operation Torch landings in North Africa, Darlan had switched his allegiance from … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 13–19 October 1941: Falling stars in Tokyo and Vichy

This week in the war, on 16 October 1941, Vichy head of state Maréchal Philippe Pétain pronounced prison sentences upon those he saw as responsible for the fall of France. He condemned former prime ministers, Léon Blum and Édouard Daladier, and … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 11–17 August 1941: The evil wind

On 12 August 1941, Vichy’s head of state Marshal Philippe Pétain made a radio broadcast to the people of France. He had felt an evil wind (vent mauvais) blowing across many areas of France, he told them. He said that the … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 28 July–3 August 1941: French Indo-China & the Vichy-Japanese ‘protocol’

On 29 July 1941,  the government of Vichy France and the government of Japan enacted a protocol for the ‘common defence of Indo-China.’ Vichy finally had to accept the reality of the military might of Japan and situation in south-east … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 2–8 June 1941: The Syria-Lebanon Campaign

On 8 June 1941, British, Commonwealth and Free French forces invaded Syria and Lebanon to attack the Vichy-French garrisons. The aim was to prevent the German army and Luftwaffe from developing bases that would threaten the British hold on Egypt. … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 21–27 April 1941: US aid goes to (Vichy-controlled) French North Africa

This week in the war, on 26 April 1941, the Murphy-Weygand Accord came into force. American diplomat, Robert Daniel Murphy, was Roosevelt’s ‘man in Algiers’. French general, Maxime Weygand, was posted to Algiers as the Vichy government’s ‘Delegate-General’ to their … Continue reading

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