The True Novel of the Free French People Another way of reading and understanding history Publication date : March 14, 2018
Jean-François Muracciole is professor of contemporary history at the Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III. A specialist in the history of World War II, his work focuses on Free France, the Resistance, and military history.
A recognized specialist of World War II and the Resistance, Jean-François Muracciole in this book proposes the true novel of the Free French, those men who decided, in 1940, to join the Resistance and to work with de Gaulle, who at the time was unknown and seeking refuge in England.
Though it is indeed a novel, everything is historically true: the battles, the networks, the dialogues between Churchill and de Gaulle, especially, the organization of the Resistance in occupied France, the quarrels among Gaullists and Communists on the eve of the Normandy Landings, the battles in Africa, in Syria, and in Italy, sabotage operations, and more. True historical docu-fiction, this story sheds an original light on the dark history of that period, from the Call of 18 June 1940 to the Landing and the Liberation of Paris.
Along the lines of L’Armée des ombres, here is the adventure of exceptional Resisters, ordinary men who became heroes, whose destinies intersected with those of heads of state and of “Great History.”