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After the Fall: German Policy in Occupied France, 1940-1944 by Thomas J. Laub

By Thomas J. Laub

German coverage in occupied France in the course of the moment international struggle was once in lots of methods a narrative of sour inner clash among some of the German enterprises in control of the career. After the Fall offers a close research of the fight among those diversified enterprises, highlighting the numerous alterations in ideology, coverage, and process among the military, the SS, and the diplomatic carrier, and the rivalries among them of their fight for dominance. It additionally appears at what those battles implied for the course of German coverage in France, from the exploitation of the French economic climate and the suppression of resistance job, to the try to perform Nazi racial plans. within the technique, it sheds a lot mild on either the internal workings of the Nazi regime and at the judgements made by way of the French govt through the process the occupation.

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After France and Germany signed an armistice on 22 June 1940, Hitler placed a military commander (Milit¨arbefehlshaber in Frankreich or MBF) in charge of occupied France. ’³⁵ As an institution, the military government displayed little enthusiasm for Hitler’s racial agenda. The MBF from October 1940 to February 1942, General Otto von Stülpnagel, resigned his commission to protest draconian reprisals ordered by Berlin. His cousin and successor, Carl-Heinrich von Stülpnagel, played a significant role in the 20 July 1944 plot to overthrow the Nazi regime.

Not by accident, the latter date coincided with Stülpnagel’s re-armament estimates. ), The Memoirs of Field-Marshal Keitel, translated by David Irving (New York: Stein and Day, 1966), pp. 101–102. ⁷ Craig, The Politics of the Prussian Army, pp. 486–495. ⁸ Manstein, Lost Victories, pp. 127–147; James S. Corum, The Roots of Blitzkrieg: Hans von Seeckt and German Military Reform (Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1992), pp. 199–202. ⁹ Younger officers like Manstein also questioned the merits of the original version of Fall Gelb and searched for a military strategy to overcome French defenses.

248–250 (hereafter abbreviated as DGFP). ⁵ Umbreit, ‘The battle for hegemony in western Europe,’ pp. 238–40, 232–6. 24 the shocking defeat could not withstand the rigors of an attack in the West without further training and new equipment. Eager to attack, Hitler responded with a tantrum. The Führer could not understand why his chief military advisor worried about ‘a little indiscipline,’ accused his generals of defeatism, and stormed out of the meeting. ⁶ Although they shared some common goals, Hitler and many German generals did not enjoy a cordial relationship.

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