The Week France Fell: June 10-June 16, 1940

The Week France Fell: June 10-June 16, 1940

by Noel Barber
     
 
The Week France Fell is a moving account of how ordinary men and women faced the sudden and unexpected defeat of their beloved nation to ruthless Nazi invaders. Based upon interviews and other primary sources, this history offers a revelatory view of the mixture of relief and puzzlement the Germans experienced at the ease of their victory. The author relates how the

Overview

The Week France Fell is a moving account of how ordinary men and women faced the sudden and unexpected defeat of their beloved nation to ruthless Nazi invaders. Based upon interviews and other primary sources, this history offers a revelatory view of the mixture of relief and puzzlement the Germans experienced at the ease of their victory. The author relates how the intrusive hand of bureaucracy paralyzed the nation's response, and how French leaders—Paul Reynaud, Marshal Pétain, Pierre Laval, General Weygand, and Charles DeGaulledeadlocked by conflict, rivalry, and personal ambition, failed to prevent a national catastrophe.

Editorial Reviews

Sunday Telegraph
Mr. Barber writes of France with understanding as well as with love. His book is an example of the best sort of historical journalism and is comparable in that genre with Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August.
Los Angeles Times
Noel Barber has done an impressive job in bringing alive the final week of the fall of France.
Military Review
A splendid book.
The Historian
It is books like this that fire the first love of history in many students; any course covering the Second World War would benefit from the inclusion of The Week France Fell on its syllabus.
— Michael H. Shirley
The Historian - Michael H. Shirley
It is books like this that fire the first love of history in many students; any course covering the Second World War would benefit from the inclusion of The Week France Fell on its syllabus.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815410911
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Edition description:
1ST COOPER
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

Noel Barber was the chief correspondent of the London Daily Mail and the author of numerous histories, including Seven Days of Freedom. He lives in England.

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