The Liberation of Paris, 1944
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The Liberation of Paris in 1944 was a chaotic, complex operation that could have easily ended in the city’s ruin. In The Blood of Free Men, historian Michael Neiberg provides a revealing new look at the drama surrounding the Liberation.
While Allied forces largely ignored Paris (focusing instead on reaching Germany), the French themselves were deeply divided. French political cells competed for control of the Resistance within Paris. Outside the city, Charles de Gaulle and his Free French Forces aimed to direct the Resistance and establish themselves at the head of France upon its liberation. Meanwhile, the occupying German army clung to Paris with ever more ferocity as the Allied army approached from its Normandy beachhead. Tracking the movements of entire armies, as well as the machinations of individuals on the ground, Neiberg provides an arresting narrative of the Liberation, as well as an authoritative explanation of its place in the scope of World War II.
Gripping, fast-paced, and populated with unforgettable characters, The Blood of Free Men tells the full story of one of the war’s defining moments, when a tortured city and its inhabitants stood up to reclaim their liberty.
Hardcover Book : 336 pages
Publisher: Basic Books Inc. ( October 02, 2012 )
Item #: 13-644093
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 inches
Product Weight: 15.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)