By G. F. Nafziger

Vol 1 - Infantry - background of Line Infantry (1792-1815), inner & Tactical association; innovative nationwide defend, Volunteers Federes, & Compagnies Franches; and 1805 nationwide safeguard. those volumes give you the entire organizational background of the French military, discussing the elevating, destruction, disbanding, or continuation of each regiment the French military contained among 1792 and 1815. the result of the destruction of the Grande Armee in 1812 are tabulated, as is the method of reconstruction in 1813. the 2 amalgamations are thoroughly defined and the project of all devices to the newly forming regiments are supplied. they supply entire information of the inner buildings of the devices, diagrams displaying the place the officials, NCOs, and squaddies stood. Uniform info are supplied with summaries of regimental distinctives. All have black and white illustrations, a lot of that are from early nineteenth century resources. they're, in precis, an entire historical past of the French military from 1792-1815.

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It was within this Europeanist perspective that Pétain justified his meeting with Hitler to agree the principle of collaboration in October 1940; within this perspective, too, that Laval notoriously declared, in June 1942, ‘I desire victory for Germany because, without it, Bolshevism would become established everywhere. ’94 The securing of an armistice in June 1940 had seemed to confirm the Marshal’s protective impulses, while the cult that grew up around him was the The Vichy regime 29 closest occupied France came to forging a form of national unity.

71 And aired it was. 72 This late nineteenth-century anti-Semitism found its most mordant expression in Edouard Drumont’s La France juive, an anti-Semitic best-seller published in 1886 which by 1914 had run to its 200th edition. Drumont also used his newspaper, La Libre Parole, to insist on Dreyfus’s guilt and to propagate the theme of an international Jewish conspiracy against France. With his assertion that ‘Everything starts with the Jew, and everything comes back round to the Jew’, Drumont offered an all-encompassing explanation for the evils of the modern world.

At least this is the end of the Popular Front, the CGT [a communist-led trade union], the processions with raised clenched fists, the manifestos signed by communists and Catholics alike, the foul tyranny of the bars, freemasons, foreigners, and little schoolmasters. 90 In particular, it attracted the support of those conservative forces for whom ‘the Republic was no longer conservative enough’. 91 One can add to these the greater part of the Church and military hierarchies, who viewed with consternation the rise of the left-wing parties, especially the PCF.

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