The French Resistance

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Kedward, Harry Roderick.

1. Occupied France: Collaboration and Resistance. Oxford: Blackwell, 1985.

From publisher: "This concise history ... focuses on the struggle between those who favoured collaboration with the occupying Germans and those who opted to resist." The author "discusses the many different forms of resistance launched from inside and outside France."

2. Resistance in Vichy France: A Study of Ideas and Motivation in the Southern Zone, 1940-42. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1978.

3. In Search of the Maquis: Rural Resistance in Southern France, 1942-1944. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993. New ed. 1995.

Foot, I&NS 11.1, calls this "an outstanding book, of great interest to those who study politics, society, police forces, or the history of war.... Readable scholarship is always a delight; here is a fine example."

Kessel, Joseph. Army of Shadows. Tr., Haakon Chevalier. London: Cresset, 1944. New York: Knopf, 1944.

This part autobiographical, part fictional story of the French Resistance was adapted into the 1969 movie L'armée des ombres, directed by Jean-Pierre Melville.

King, Stella. "Jacqueline": Pioneer Heroine of the Resistance. London: Arms and Armour Press, 1990.

Surveillant 1.1: Yvonne Rudellat was the "first female field agent trained by ... [SOE] during WWII." She set up a resistance unit and sabotaged rail lines and trains. Rudellat was wounded and captured, sent to Ravensbruck and on to Bergen-Belsen where she died. The book "reads like a fast-paced spy novel."

Knight, Frida. The French Resistance, 1940-1944. London: Lawrence & Wishart, 1975.

In a review marred by decidedly class-struggle, pro-Soviet verbiage, Rothstein, Labour Monthly (Jun. 1976), notes that the author worked in the Resistance, was captured and imprisoned by the Nazis, escaped, and made her way to London where she worked in de Gaulle's headquarters.

Kramer, Rita. Flames in the Field: The Story of Four SOE Agents in Occupied France. London: Michael Joseph, 1995.

Lawson, Don. The French Resistance: The True Story of the Underground War Against the Nazis. New York: Wanderer, 1984.

Available at In his "Foreword," the author says that during World War II, he "served in England and France with the Counterintelligence Branch of the United States Ninth Air Force headquarters," where he worked with the French Resistance.

LeChene, Evelyn. Watch for Me by Moonlight: A British Agent with the French Resistance. London: Methuen, 1973. London: Corgi, 1974. [pb] Bath, UK: Chivers, 1986.

Leslie, Peter. The Liberation of the Riviera: Resistance to the Nazis in the South of France and the Story of Its Heroic Leader Ange-Marie Miniconi. New York: Wyndham, 1980.

Liebling, A.J., and E.J. Sheffer. La Republique du Silence: The Story of French Resistance. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1946.

Lorain, Pierre. Tr., David Kahn. Clandestine Operations: The Arms and Techniques of the Resistance, 1941-44. New York: Macmillan, 1983.

Gives detailed descriptions and illustrations of SOE wireless sets, codes, and small arms. First published in France in 1972 under the title of Armement Clandestin: SOE 1941-1944.

Martelli, George. Agent Extraordinary: The Story of Michael Hollard, D.S.O., Croix de Guerre. London: Collins, 1960. The Man Who Saved London: The Story of Michael Hollard. New York: Doubleday, 1960.

Constantinides: Hollard was principal agent and courier for the "Agir" network. The network's accomplishments against the V1 sites are its best known. Hollard was betrayed to the Germans after about three years in the field.

Mednicki, Bernard, with Ken Wachsberger. Never Be Afraid: A Jew in the Maquis. Ann Arbor, MI: Azenphony Press, 1996. Madison, WI: Mica, 1997. [pb]

The author was a Belgian Jew who in 1940 fled with his family to southern France where he joined a Resistance group. The book is based on a series of interviews Wachsberger held with Mednicki in 1988.

Miannay, Patrice. Dictionnaire des agents doubles dans la Resistance. Paris: Cherche Midi, 2005.

Michel, Henri. Bibliographie critique de la Résistance. Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1964.

A listing of some 1,200 Resistance items.

Millar, George Reid.

1. Horned Pigeon. New York: Doubleday, 1946. New York: Time-Life, 1989. [pb] London: Orion, 2003.

From publisher: This is a "classic World War II prisoner-of-war escape story" that "conveys the terrifying experience of life on the run in wartime Europe.... Captured in the Libyan desert ... and held in various prison camps in Italy, Millar was transferred to Germany after several unsuccessful escape attempts. Escaping once more,... Millar set out to reach London.... Speaking fluent French ... he was able to pass himself off as a French labourer on his hazardous journey.... [W]hen he returned to London,... [he] joined the Special Forces [SOE] ... and ... began training for operations behind enemy lines in France -- ... that is the subject of ... Maquis."

2. Maquis. London: Heinemann, 1945. Maquis: The Secret War. New York: Time-Life, 1990. [pb] Maquis: The French Resistance at War. London: Orion, 2003. London: Cassell, 2003. [pb]

From publisher: The author was parachuted into France by SOE in June 1944. "In constant danger, and often with little equipment," he "led his group of the Maquis on a series of ... adventures which challenge the imagination.... Millar's story is one of resource, endurance and hairbreadth escapes, of astonishing success and only occasional tragedy."

3. Road to Resistance: An Autobiography. London: Little, Brown; 1979. London: Arrow, 1981. [pb]

Miller, Gene E. [SFC/USA] "MI Corps Hall of Fame: Virginia Hall." Military Intelligence 20, no. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1994): 44-45.

Montagnon, Pierre. Les maquis de la Libération, 1942-1944. Paris: Pygmalion, 2000.

Moore, Bob, ed. Resistance in Western Europe. Oxford and New York: Berg, 2000,.

Foot, I&NS 16.1, finds this work to be a "useful summary of the state of research into resistance to Nazism" in Belgium, the Channel Islands, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Norway. The author has written the introductory and concluding chapters. He sides with those who argue that the "resistance was not of a great deal of use."

Nicolson, David D. Aristide: Warlord of the Resistance. London: Leo Cooper, 1994.

Aristide was the codename for Roger Landes, called by Surveillant 3.2/3 "one of SOE's most famous agents and one of the few who lived" to tell his story. According to the publisher, the book "traces Resistance actions, the struggle against betrayal of members, and the new war after the Normandy invasion. Includes stories of the subsequent lives of survivors as well as documents from British SOE archives."

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