The Long Silence: Civilian Life under the German Occupation of Northern France

The Long Silence: Civilian Life under the German Occupation of Northern France

by Helen McPhail

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The Long Silence: Civilian Life under the German Occupation of Northern France by Helen McPhail

This account, based on original sources including diaries, memoirs, family records, secret diaries written during the war, vivid memories, and official records, shows how the rich agricultural and industrial areas of northern France were invaded, occupied, and exploited between the summer of 1914 and the Armistice in November 1918. Factories were stripped, household furniture and fittings requisitioned, food supplies taken, the population maltreated and malnourished, and even taken to forced labor camps: The population lived in terror. Starvation loomed and contact with the outside world vanished until Herbert Hoover set up his scheme of aid that kept the population alive during the war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781860646539
Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date: 07/06/2001
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Helen McPhail has worked as a translator for the Historial de la Grande Guerre, Péronne.

Table of Contents

Invasion
• Occupation
• Food
• Requisitions and Regulations
• Secrets
• "My Girl Guides"
• "The Will of the German Authority"
• Liberation
• Rebuilding

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