French Resistance Actions
Posted 10 December 2011 - 03:26 PM
Long time no write, and sorry about that. Does anyone know of any seriously successful French Resistance strikes against those Modder Pocking nazi scumbags? I'm looking for large explosions, loud and wildly uncontrolled machine gun bursts and HIGH nazi body counts. Also, is there a good (and accessible, and by accessible I mean a book for someone without a serious grounding in the history of the war) book about the French resistance? I don't want a political treatise, ok, because I KNOW, since we're talking about the French, we're talking a LOT of politics (that was gentle teasing, please don't take offense if you're French -- I happen to LOVE the French and France).
Thank you in advance.
Here's wishing all a joyous holiday season full of wonder and merriment no matter your creed (unless you're a nazi, in which case, I hope you catch on fire and burn to death).
Joyous Yule and Happy New Year!
Hummel (the bumblebee, NOT the cannon, hehehe)
Posted 10 December 2011 - 04:46 PM
You may also investigate the Liberation of the Lyon hostages (Google Aubrac) or the attack of the attack of the Gestapo prison in Reims after the RAF Moquitoes bombed a whole in the main wall.
Another lead could be the Paris uprisal.
Other feats were even more tragic after the execution of the Chateaubriand Resistants in 1941 after the shooting a Km officer in Nantes.
Don' t forget the D-Day Preparations. The blowing up of bridges, trains, trucks, depot , telephone wires etc.. helped a lot.
Another lead would be the SOE.
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Posted 10 December 2011 - 07:13 PM
P.S. I hope you don't mind me calling you Skip, it's what we called the Captain on our ship in the USN.
Posted 10 December 2011 - 07:43 PM
I will check for books later.
these films will help . ( in French but the pictures are great)
There is a list of the combats and places mentionned below the films.
there are many more films on this site.
story of General Delestraint .
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Posted 10 December 2011 - 07:50 PM
An operation to sink ships in Bordeaux in 1942 by British Commandos in Kayaks.
Most of the commandos lost their lives (8 executed and 2 died of hypothermia) and a tragic point to this operation was that the French resistance with SOE's help had an operation planned for same time on the same targets.
The land operation was led by Claude de Baissac who was ready in Bordeaux to go onto the ships when he heard the explosions of the limpet mines Hasler's team had set. At the time there was no co-ordination of effort between different departments, each trying to keep its own info and ops secret from anyone.
Posted 12 December 2011 - 07:30 PM
Long time no write, and sorry about that. Does anyone know of any seriously successful French Resistance strikes against those Modder Pocking nazi scumbags? I'm looking for large explosions, loud and wildly uncontrolled machine gun bursts and HIGH nazi body counts. Also, is there a good (and accessible, and by accessible I mean a book for someone without a serious grounding in the history of the war) book about the French resistance? I don't want a political treatise, ok, because I KNOW, since we're talking about the French, we're talking a LOT of politics
Assuming you don't want to read any of the (largely) self-serving and historically exaggerated French accounts (although Lucie Aubrac's 'Outwitting the Gestapo' is available in English, albeit heavily 'novelised') then you'll be hard pushed to find anything much in English about French resistance actions. That's mostly because there weren't any, at least not of the sort you're looking for. This may have something to do with the fact that while there are some tales of bravery and heroism, the French resistance is mostly about treason, deceit, cynical political manipulation, incompetence and in-fighting. Lots of politics as you've surmised and little in the way of Nazi 'body counts'- Vercors is perhaps the exception, but even here, the movement was hardly directed against the German occupiers and more about establishing an autonomous French presence in a wild and rugged mountainous region in the middle of nowhere.. The French spent most of their time fighting each other. De Gaulle's representative in France, Jean Moulin, was betrayed and captured by Klaus Barbie in Lyons at the very meeting that was supposed to unify the various 'resistance' movements, Caluire, Lyons, June 1943. You have to understand that the French resistance was about as far from an homogenous movement as it was possible to be, with 'resisters' all vying to compete for British/Allied funds & support and all desperately trying to position themselves for the political scene post-war. Two book recommendations; Milton Dank's "The French against the French" and Matthew Cobb's " The French resistance"..
Posted 12 December 2011 - 08:26 PM
There are numerous accounts more than you could ever think of. I have personnally interviewed many Veterans and know about many stories that are not well known . This included people who have saved Allied soldiers and other who killed many Germans and died while doing so .
I will mention one for now: the sacrifice of two men who blew up a huge Kriegsmarine amno depot that burutn for 3 days in Jonzac knowing he would not be able to get away fast enough. His friend was caught tortured and executed. a dozen other fighters gave his life before the Germans left. Not many remembers them . They killed 17 Germans in the explosion. I have many other examples, but will only do so I get a non biased approach and won't read things there "weren't any"
FNDIRP - Le Patriote Résistant
train sabotaged in Rouen
execution of caught Resistants
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Posted 13 December 2011 - 07:37 AM
Posted 13 December 2011 - 08:40 AM
Hummel,the names and ages on the crosses mean all
Posted 13 December 2011 - 11:42 AM
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Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:48 PM
Posted 13 December 2011 - 04:49 PM
Cristino García Granda
La Madeleine Battle, agost 1944.
(Gozón, 1914–1946) was a fighter with the French Resistance in France during World War II. He was born in Asturias, Spain and also died in Spain.
He took part in the Spanish Civil War as a member of the XIV Cuerpo de Ejército Guerrillero, a special unit of the Spanish Republican Army, which performed attacks behind the Nationalist lines. After the war, he escaped to France where he was part of the French Resistance as a member of the Agrupación de Guerrilleros Españoles (AGE). Highly successful in fighting the German occupiers. He took part in the battle of Madeleine and in the attack of the prison in Nîmes.
In Paris, the rue Cristino Garcia in Saint-Denis, next to the street of Émile Zola and the Joffre avenue in the 20th arrondissement was named for him. The "Quartier Cristino Garcia" in the town of Aubervilliers, Île-de-France, was also named for him.
He is buried in the Cementerio de Carabanchel, southwest of Madrid.
Edited by efestos, 13 December 2011 - 05:07 PM.
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Posted 13 December 2011 - 09:00 PM
After Barbarossa things changed because surviving Republican Spaniards in France and Communists could now join the resistance out of Ideology . The trouble is that they were isolated, without any weapons and when they'd attack the Germans, civilians were shot, so there was a real dillema : attack and face reprisals or wait until the allies dropped in. Some couldn't wait and most of these men died in combat or in deportation. It has to be added that the SOE and De Gaulle were reluctant to drop weapons to some Communist factions and that the Vercors Maquis suffered a from a massive lack of weapon drops that were intentionally never delivered to them despite their begging for supplies until the last moment.
Another aspect is "opportunity" . Some became a "hero", a "Resistant", a "Collaborator" or a "traitor" because one day someone knocked on their door and asked for help (either a Jew, an evaded airman, a hiding colonial Soldier , a forced labor escaper , a German deserter etc... ).You'd either take the man in , send him away or betray him.... Had noone knocked on that door, you would never have been labelled after the war. Some could stay away, others were dragged into it, some were volunteers out of Patriotism or Ideology .... .
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 12:04 AM
Posted 14 December 2011 - 07:14 AM
The five martyr students of the Lycée Buffon .
These school kids were shot after have thrown hand grenades in the middle of a Kriegsmarine soldatenheim in 1942 . One Km Admiral was killed.
Cinq Martyrs du lycée Buffon - Wikipédia
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Posted 14 July 2014 - 09:18 PM
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Posted 14 July 2014 - 09:44 PM
I was reading an account recently of Patton's breakout from Normandy. He apparently enjoyed a lot of help and colaboration with French resistance fighters. Indeed he likely would not have made near the progress without them. From what I recall it helped that he understood what they could and couldn't do.
Found the article that goes into some detail on it:
I don't know if you can access it though.
Here's a short quote:
The leading historian on American armored warfare, Steven J. Zaloga, explains that Patton also used tens of thousands of French resistance fighters, or French Forces of the Interior, to protect his flanks. The FFIs also cleared out isolated pockets of enemy resistance. These guerrilla fighters allowed Patton to concentrate all his combat troops into spearheads, famously giving these armored and infantry divisions orders to continue the attack and not to worry about their flanks. With this assistance, Third Army moved through France, defeating more enemy units than any other Western army in World War II.
The article is by CPT Michael S. Ibrahim and titled "Patton's Guerrillas".
The contacts page is http://www.benning.a...t/Contacts.html and they might be able to send you a pdf copy if interested.
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