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The Hunt for Nazi Spies: Fighting Espionage in Vichy France
From 1940 to 1942, French secret agents arrested more than two thousand spies working for the Germans and executed several dozen of them—all despite the Vichy government’s declared collaboration with the Third Reich. A previously untold chapter in the history of World War II, this duplicitous activity is the gripping subject of The Hunt for Nazi Spies, a tautly narrated ch ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published December 30th 2007 by University Of Chicago Press
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An examination of espionage and counter-espionage in Vichy France, this book explores long-held assumptions of how the various groups within the Vichy government worked against their Nazi occupiers. Kitson examined primary sources, including correspondence between Marshal Petain and the heads of the various espionage groups under the government's umbrella, files on captured spies, and private diaries. His conclusion is that while the Vichy government collaborated with the Nazis, they also employ ...more
Translated for it's original French text, Simon Kitson has added some more historical background for his Anglophono audience. It also includes a great amount of newly discovered material from various sources that came forward after the first edition's release. The only thing I find a bit dry is a lack of personal accounts of Germany and French espionage. Maybe as the book progresses...