The Cruel Victory

The Cruel Victory From best selling author of A Brilliant Little Operation winner of the British Army Military History prize and the Royal marines History prize for comes the long neglected D Day story of the Re

  • Title: The Cruel Victory
  • Author: Paddy Ashdown
  • ISBN: 9780007520800
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From best selling author of A Brilliant Little Operation, winner of the British Army Military History prize and the Royal marines History prize for 2013, comes the long neglected D Day story of the Resistance uprising and subsequent massacre on the Vercors massif the largest action by the French Resistance during the Second World War.In early 1941, three separate groupsFrom best selling author of A Brilliant Little Operation, winner of the British Army Military History prize and the Royal marines History prize for 2013, comes the long neglected D Day story of the Resistance uprising and subsequent massacre on the Vercors massif the largest action by the French Resistance during the Second World War.In early 1941, three separate groups of plotters one military, one political, one intellectual began to organise and plan on and around the forbidding mountainous plateau near Grenoble the Vercors The aims of the groups were the same to hasten the departure of the German occupiers to restore the pride of France after its fall and the humiliations of the puppet Vichy government which followed and to build a new France The overwhelming desire to get rid of the Germans would unite them Their different views of the France they hoped for in the future would divide them.Over the next three years these sparks of resistance would grow to challenge the might of the hated German occupiers As the Allied troops stormed the D Day beaches, the Vercors rose up to fight the Nazis in a planned rearguard action It was to prove not only the largest Resistance action of the entire war but also, in the severity of the German response, the most brutal crushing of resistance forces in Western Europe.For the men and women of Vercors, aided and abetted by the Free French forces of General de Gaulle and SOE operatives from London, the events on the Vercors took them on a journey from early idealism through hope, misjudgement, folly, despair, sacrifice and slaughter to a kind of cruel victory The tragedy drew the attention of those at the highest level of the Allied war effort and placed the Vercors deep into the heart of the history of modern France in a way which resonates still in the country s daily life and politics.Long overlooked by English language histories, this magnificent book sets the story in the context of D Day, the muddle of politics and many misjudgements of D Day planners in both London and Algiers, and most importantly it gives voice to the many Maquisards fighters who fought to gain a voice in their country s future.

    The Cruel Victory by Paddy Ashdown The Cruel Victory The aims of the groups were the same to hasten the departure of the German occupiers to restore the pride of France after its fall and the humiliations of the puppet Vichy government which followed and to build a new France The overwhelming desire to get rid of the Germans would unite them. The cruel victory Paddy Ashdown on the French resistance Dec , The cruel victory Paddy Ashdown on the French resistance during the Second World War CRUEL VICTORY PB Paperback Mar , After service as a Royal Marine and as an intelligence officer for the UK security services,PADDY ASHDOWNwas a Member of Parliament for Yeovil from to , and leader of the Liberal Democrats from until .Later he was the international High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina from to . The Cruel Victory mountainviewmedia The Cruel Victory D DAY The Cruel Victory The French Resistance, D Day and the Battle for the Vercors by Paddy Ashdown The D Day story of the Resistance uprising and subsequent massacre on the Vercors massif the largest action by the French Resistance during the Second World War. The Cruel Victory Audiobook by Paddy Ashdown Audible The Cruel Victory The French Resistance, D Day and the Battle for the Vercors By Paddy Ashdown The Cruel Victory by Paddy Ashdown OverDrive Rakuten The Cruel Victory The French Resistance, D Day and the Battle for the Vercors by Paddy Ashdown Reliving the most famous last stand of the French Jun , A review of The Cruel Victory, by Paddy Ashdown The last days of the Free Republic of the Vercors sounded with the screaming of unmilked cows and the rattle of the machine guns In the final analysis, however, the action tied up relatively few battle ready German troops, displaced potentially valuable ambush and sabotage operations, and led to the perhaps unnecessary loss of PADDY ASHDOWN Author of THE CRUEL VICTORY PFD Oct , Paddy Ashdown is one of the country s best known and most respected political figures He is currently running the Liberal Democrats General Election campaign Born in New Delhi, Paddy

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    • Paddy Ashdown

      Following service as a Royal Marine Commando officer of a Special Boat Service unit in the Far East, Paddy Ashdown served as a diplomat in the Foreign Officer before, in due course, being elected as the Member of Parliament for Yeovil, serving in that capacity from 1983 to 2001 Ashdown went on to serve as the Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 1988 to 1999 Afterwards, he was appointed as the international community s High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, serving from 2002 to 2006.Ashdown is also an author of many books, which include A Brilliant Little Operation which won the British Army Military History Prize for 2013 and The Cruel Victory.



    147 thoughts on “The Cruel Victory

    • The book is as good as I'd hoped it would be after seeing Paddy Ashdown talk about it at the Literature Festival. It's much more about the human side rather than strategy which makes it very accessible.


    • A detailed and fascinating account of the Resistance in the Vercors area. This not my usual type of book but it's so well written.


    • Did not finish. The detailed accounts of the Resistance operations and bravery in the Vercors leading up to D Day were interesting but the detailed military accounts were too much for me.


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