The Riviera at War: World War II on the Côte d'Azur

The Riviera at War: World War II on the Côte d'Azur

by George G. Kundahl


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During World War II three distinct forces opposed the Allies - Germany, Italy, and Japan. Few areas of the world experienced domination by more than a single one of these, but southeastern France - the region popularly known as the Riviera or Cote d'Azur - was one. For the first time, George G. Kundahl tells the raw and moving story of World War II on the French Riviera.

Following a nine-month prelude, the reality of World War II burst onto the Riviera in June 1940 when the region had to defend itself against the Italian army and ended with a battle against German and Italian forces in April 1945, a period longer than any other part of France. Not only did inhabitants suffer through Italian Fascism and German Nazism but, as The Riviera at War details, also under a third hardship at times even more oppressive - the rule of Vichy France. Sharply intelligent, elegantly written and drawing from previously unseen archival documents and photographs, this is essential reading for anyone interested in wartime France.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781350181816
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 02/25/2021
Pages: 456
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

George G. Kundahl was, until his retirement, a Major General in the U.S. Army. He is the author of Confederate Engineer: Training and Campaigning with John Morris Wampler (2000), Alexandria Goes to War: Beyond Robert E. Lee (2004) and The Bravest of the Brave: The Correspondence of Stephen Dodson Ramseur (2010). He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Alabama, USA and has been resident on the French Riviera for many years.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

List of Illustrations xiii

Abbreviations xv

Preface xvii

Prologue xix

1 The Phoney War 1

2 The Vichy Regime 15

3 The Italian Occupation 39

4 The German Occupation 57

5 The Jewish Experience 75

6 British Agents in the Midi 103

7 The Maquis 123

8 Resistance in Southeast France 141

9 Preparations for Landing 175

10 The American Landing 191

11 The French Landing 211

12 Fighting in the Back Country 235

13 Liberation of the Riviera 255

14 Menton 283

15 Monaco 293

16 Authion: The Final Battle 307

17 Rebuilding the Riviera 327

Epilogue 349

Notes 353

Bibliography 399

Index 419

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