Americans in Paris: Life and Death under Nazi Occupation by Charles Glass

By Charles Glass

Whilst the German military marched into Paris on June 14, 1940, nearly 5,000 americans remained in Paris. that they had refused or been not able to go away for lots of assorted purposes; their activities throughout the process the German profession may turn out to be simply as assorted. Glass interweaves the reports of a few of the people who belonged to this designated colony of yank expatriates residing in Paris. one of the tales highlighted are these of Charles Bedaux, an American millionaire decided to hold on along with his company affairs as ordinary; Sylvia seashore, proprietor of the well-known English-language book shop Shakespeare & corporation; Clara Longworth de Chambrun, patroness of the yank Library in Paris and distantly with regards to FDR; and Dr. Sumner Jackson, the yankee Hospital’s leader health care professional. those interesting stories mirror the advanced community of choices—passive compromise, outright collaboration, sufferer retreat, and energetic resistance—that existed for americans stuck within the German internet.

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Finally, the fighting died down at last about midnight, giving the exhausted British troops some respite before the new day brought renewed German attacks. With the 5th Division holding throughout the day, I Corps began pulling out of line about 2200hrs with the 1st Division beginning its two-day 95km (60-mile) trek north, all the way to the Dunkirk perimeter, leaving behind three battalions as an emergency reserve for II Corps. The 42nd Division 38 Disabled British anti-aircraft guns along t h e p r o m e n a d e at Bray-Dunes.

Thames m o t o r b o a t s u n d e r t o w by a Royal Navy t u g b o a t . Because a large n u m b e r of t r o o p s w o u l d have t o be lifted f r o m t h e beaches, Ramsay's naval and large personnel vessels w e r e a u g m e n t e d by w h a t became k n o w n as t h e 'little ships'. Note t h a t t h e davits of t h e SS President are e m p t y . (IWM HU3384) 29 Dunkirk Harbour w h e n t h e Royal Navy arrived. The SaintPol oil refinery burns fiercely in t h e b a c k g r o u n d as a paddlew h e e l minesweeper steams i n t o t h e harbour and HMS Vanquisher (foreground) positions t o d o so.

In pairs, six of the nimble warships came alongside, embarked troops and then backed out, turned and headed for Dover at 2 2 knots. Followed by two others lifting men from the beaches, these were replaced by the four destroyers called in from their patrol stations, four more arriving from the Western Approaches and two others from Portsmouth, beginning a steady continuous cycle of embarkations and departures. The day's only major loss was the plucky Queen of the Channel. /KG 30) on an armed reconnaissance sortie and w a s sent to the bottom, her crew and 904 troops being rescued by the 1,039-ton stores ship Dorrien Rose.

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