Ten Minute History – World War 2: Free and Vichy France (Short Documentary)


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Recommended reading:
France: The Dark Years 1940-1944 by Julian Jackson. An absolutely phenomenal work which despite the name covers everything from the late 1920s to just after the war. Talks in depth about the political climate which weakened France and her response to Germany and the war. It’s an academic text so not the most accessible, though.

To Hell and Back: Europe 1914-1949 by Ian Kershaw. A great and accessible book which gives an overview of Europe during the period. Be aware that it jumps about quite a bit so don’t expect entire chapters devoted to one nation. Good breakdowns of the general events and gives some much needed context to France during the 1930s.