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Radio London and Resistance in Occupied EuropeBritish Political Warfare 1939-1943$
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Michael Stenton

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208433

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208433.001.0001

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Turning a New Leaf

Turning a New Leaf

(p.195) 17 Turning a New Leaf
Radio London and Resistance in Occupied Europe

Michael Stenton

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by discussing the rebuttal of political misrepresentations of de Gaulle as explained in the BBC's Free French period Honneur et Patrie. A Free French allegiance was, for many movements, obligatory. It was contrary to all expectations that resisters had to choose between a close relationship with the British and a political commitment. If de Gaulle had never been invented, Moulin might not have unified Resistance. This chapter also talks about Christian Pineau's efforts to obtain freedom for France. The Gestapo, with radio transmission detection vans, began to operate in the unoccupied zone. Laval's call for a German victory marked the turning-point in collaboration — for the factories, the police, and the Jews — and it prefaced a grand appeal for Frenchmen to volunteer for work in Germany. There was no sudden collapse in Vichy's authority, but the idea of illegal opposition had matured.

Keywords:   de Gaulle, BBC, Free French, Moulin, Gestapo, Germany, Jews, Vichy, Christian Pineau

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