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Author Risser, Nicole Dombrowski.

Title France under fire : German invasion, civilian flight and family survival during World War II / Nicole Dombrowski Risser
Published Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 312 pages) : illustrations
Series Studies in the social and cultural history of modern warfare
Studies in the social and cultural history of modern warfare.
Contents Introduction: no more 'behind the lines' -- Part I. Civilians in the Line of Fire: 1. Securing the homeland; 2. Mothers move against military and bureaucratic entrenchment; 3. Pulling the plug on the city of lights; 4. Civilian survival on the open road -- Part II. Refugees, Rights, and Return in a Divided Land: 5. Provincial towns feed and shelter refugees; 6. Paving the road for refugees' return; 7. German exclusions inaugurate a policy of ethnic cleansing; 8. Disappointment and despair in the occupied zone -- Conclusion
Summary "'We request an immediate favour of you, to build a shelter for us women and small children, because we have absolutely no place to take refuge and we are terrified!' This French mother's petition sent to her mayor on the eve of Germany's 1940 invasion of France reveals civilians' security concerns unleashed by Second World War Blitzkrieg fighting tactics. Unprepared for air warfare's assault on civilian psyches, French planners were among the first in history to respond to civilian security challenges posed by aerial bombardment. France Under Fire offers a social, political and military examination of the origins of the French refugee crisis of 1940, a mass displacement of eight million civilians fleeing German combatants. Scattered throughout a divided France, refugees turned to German Occupation officials and Vichy administrators for relief and repatriation. Their solutions raised questions about occupying powers' obligations to civilians and elicited new definitions of refugees' rights"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject War -- Protection of civilians -- France.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Civilian relief -- France.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Refugees.
World War, 1939-1945 -- France.
France -- History -- German occupation, 1940-1945.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
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