By Richard Hargreaves
"The Allied invasion of Northern France was once the best mixed operation within the background of battle. Up before it's been recorded from the attackers’ viewpoint while the defenders’ perspective has been mostly ignored.
While the Germans knew an invasion was once inevitable, no-one knew the place or whilst it will fall. these manning Hitler’s potent Atlantic Wall can have felt safe of their bunkers yet they'd no perception of the fury and fireplace that used to be approximately to break.
After the preliminary attacks of June confirmed an Allied bridgehead, a kingdom of stale-mate prevailed. The Germans fought with nice braveness hindered through loss of offers and overwhelming Allied keep watch over of the air.
When the Allies ultimately broke out the cave in used to be catastrophic with Patton’s military within the East sweeping around and Monty’s within the West placing remorseless strain at the challenging pressed defenders. The Falaise hole turned a graveyard of German males and equipment.
To learn the struggle from the wasting facet is a sobering and informative experience."
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Finally, since the Germans wanted to permanently divide France, what better way than to encourage the French to work against each other? It might seem surprising that so many French citizens were working for the German services. 3 German spies can be categorized according to their principle motives as patriots, ideologues, proﬁteers, the sentimental, adventurers, the vulnerable, and the reluctant. Some secret agents worked out of patriotism. They can be divided into two groups. Firstly, there was a small core of German citizens.
These interrogations shed light on the methods used on these natives to convince them to work against France. 16 France’s most senior oﬃcial in North Africa, General Weygand, pointed out how important this problem was [ 30 ] Chapter Two in a letter addressed to head of state Pétain in March of 1941: “It is also clear that the Germans have pursued long-term propaganda with our North African prisoners; three thousand of them have been selected and gathered in a camp around Berlin. ). Propaganda is said to have been organized through ﬁlms, brochures and discussions in Arabic.
However, the Nazis were not only interested in weakening and partitioning France but also in exploiting it. As soon as they arrived in the occupied zone, Nazi services compiled an inventory of works of art. 3 Massive exploitation of the French economy was also a feature of occupation as the Germans sought resources to bolster their war eﬀort. The occupier made huge demands on the industrial and agricultural sectors, transporting large quantities of produce eastwards to the Reich. Each day, occupation costs ranging from 300 to 500 million francs had to be paid by the Vichy government.
The Germans in Normandy by Richard Hargreaves