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By Nicholas Atkin

It's extensively assumed that the French within the British Isles in the course of the moment global battle have been fully-fledged supporters of common de Gaulle, and that around the channel no less than, the French have been a "nation of resisters." This hugely provocative research unearths that almost all exiles have been on British soil accidentally instead of by way of layout, and lots of weren't yes no matter if to stick. Drawing on little-known archival assets, this learn examines the hopes and fears of those groups who have been bitterly divided between themselves, a few being drawn to P?tain up to to de Gaulle. It additionally appears to be like at how they outfitted into British existence and the way the British in flip answered. Illustrated all through, this can be crucial studying for someone drawn to the British and French reports of the second one global warfare.

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Dodgson, a lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Reading, observed in his wartime diary: ‘What a desperate bit of foolery. If London is a dangerous area it is a doubtful kindness to stock it with refugees, if it is a safe area why remove Londoners? So while civil servants are having tennis parties, dances, concerts in the health resorts selected for their comfort, it is good enough for terrorised victims of Nazi bombing to go to the place from which these pampered civil servants have been sent.

P. Bloch, Londres, capitale de la France Libre (Paris, Editions Carrère/Michel Lafon, 1986), p. 13, and interview between the author and Mrs Helen Long, 19 April 1994. 77 P. -P. and M. Cointet, La France à Londres. Renaissance d’un état (Bruxelles, Editions Complexe, 1990). 78 A. Gillois, Histoire secrète des français à Londres de 1940 à 1944 (Paris, Hachette, 1972). 79 E. Delavenay, Témoignage d’un village savoyard au village mondial, 1905–1991 (Aix-en Provence, Diffusion Edisud, 1992), p. 195.

Bellanger, ‘France and England. The English Female Religious from Reformation to World War’, in N. Atkin and F. Tallett (eds), Catholicism in Britain and France since 1789 (London, Hambledon, 1996), pp. 10–11. 13 See especially C. Holmes, John Bull’s Island. Immigration and British Society, 1871–1971 (Basingstoke, Macmillan, 1988) for an overview of emigration to Britain. 14 See P. Cahalan, Belgian Refugee Relief in England during the Great War (New York/London, Garland, 1982). , pp. 83–4 and pp.

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