Tag Archives: Vichy

This week in the War, 24 Feb–2 March 1941: Diary of a Witness

Raymond-Raoul Lambert was one of the most prominent leaders of the Jewish community in France during the 1930s and the early years of the war. From 1941 to 1943, he headed the Union Générale des Israélites de France (UGIF), which … Continue reading

Posted in Book, World War II | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on This week in the War, 24 Feb–2 March 1941: Diary of a Witness

This week in the War, 9–15 December 1940: Laval dismissed

On 13 December 1940, Pétain fired vice-président du Conseil Pierre Laval from the number 2 spot in Vichy France. (They are pictured to the left). It served the scruffy 80-a-day chain-smoking anti-Semitic Laval right for blowing smoke in the Maréchal’s face once … Continue reading

Posted in World War II | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on This week in the War, 9–15 December 1940: Laval dismissed

This week in the War, 21–27 October 1940: Entering the path of collaboration

This week in the war, on Thursday 24 October, Adolf Hitler and Maréchal Philippe Pétain, the leader of Vichy France, met at Montoire-sur-le-Loire. In most respects, the two men were remarkably different. Hitler spent his early life as an aspiring, though … Continue reading

Posted in World War II | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on This week in the War, 21–27 October 1940: Entering the path of collaboration

This week in the War, 7–13 October 1940: Five reasons why Hitler did not invade Britain

This week in the war, on 12 October 1940, Hitler postponed his planned invasion of Britain, Operation Sealion, until the spring of 1941. (By then, of course, he would have a new enemy and a different country to invade). Despite … Continue reading

Posted in World War II | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on This week in the War, 7–13 October 1940: Five reasons why Hitler did not invade Britain

This week in the War, 30 Sept–6 Oct 1940: The statute of 3 October

On 3 October 1940, the first of the anti-Jewish laws was enacted by the Vichy government, which held authority in the Free Zone—that part of France that was not occupied by the German or Italian military. The statute of 3 … Continue reading

Posted in World War II | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on This week in the War, 30 Sept–6 Oct 1940: The statute of 3 October

Vignette: Venus, Victory, and the Chateau de Valencay

A few years ago, my wife and I visited the Château de Valençay some kilometres south of France’s Loire Valley. We followed hordes of French school children bent on learning about their country’s history—or having a fun time, at least—and … Continue reading

Posted in Vignette | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Vignette: Venus, Victory, and the Chateau de Valencay

This week in the War, 23–29 September: Failure at Dakar

This week in the war, on 23 September 1940, the Free French leader, Charles de Gaulle, arrived with a Royal Navy task force at Dakar on the coast of the Vichy-controlled colony of French West Africa. He sailed on board … Continue reading

Posted in World War II | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on This week in the War, 23–29 September: Failure at Dakar