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The Cruel Victory The French Resistance, D-Day and the Battle for the Vercors 1944

by Paddy Ashdown

The Cruel Victory The French Resistance, D-Day and the Battle for the Vercors 1944 Synopsis

From best-selling author of `A Brilliant Little Operation', winner of the British Army Military History prize and the Royal marines History prize for 2013, comes the long neglected D-Day story of the Resistance uprising and subsequent massacre on the Vercors massif - the largest action by the French Resistance during the Second World War. In 1941 factions of the French Resistance began to plot against their German occupiers. Aided by Allied arms and secret agents, they would seize the mountainous Vercors plateau in south-eastern France in a D-Day uprising intended to divert the Nazis from the Normandy beaches. But when muddled Allied strategy in London and Algiers left them abandoned, the 4,500 young fighters were left to face the might of the German Army alone. `The Cruel Victory' gives voice to the young fighters who fought the largest Resistance battle of the war. It is a story of how early idealism can turn to despair, and of the cost to those on the front line of battle when those at the top know too little about the harsh realities of war. It is a human story of heroic proportion.

The Cruel Victory The French Resistance, D-Day and the Battle for the Vercors 1944 Press Reviews

`Excellent in showing how men across France mobilised. For Ashdown, Vercors is the hidden story of D-Day and he tells it with panache and great attention to detail.' Sunday Express `A powerful account of an extraordinary story.' The Times `A fine account.' 5*, Daily Telegraph `Paddy Ashdown has produced not only the most thorough history to date of the Resistance in the Vercors, but also the startling new contention that, `The Germans did not win on the Vercors. They lost.' Written with pace, the detail is fine... and Ashdown is well-placed to write this book, which requires an understanding of military strategy, diplomacy and political shenanigans, as well as old fashioned story telling skill.' Spectator `A moving chronicle, Ashdown brings his own military experience to telling the tragic story of Vercors' BBC History magazine

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007520817
Publication date: 12th March 2015
Author: Paddy Ashdown
Publisher: William Collins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 496 pages
Categories: Second World War, War & defence operations, European history, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000,

About Paddy Ashdown

After service as a Royal Marine and as an intelligence officer for the UK security services, Paddy Ashdown was a Member of Parliament for Yeovil from 1983 to 2001, and leader of the Liberal Democrats from 1988 until 1999. Later he was the international High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2002 to 2006. He was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George in 2006.

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