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Author: Peter Dennis,Peter Lieb
Publisher: Osprey Publishing; First Edition edition (December 18, 2012)
Language: English
Pages: 96
Category: Historical
Subcategory: Europe
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Hundreds of Maquis, French resistance fighters, took up a fortified position on the Vercors plateau in June and July 1944, only to face major German counter-partisan operations. The author is Peter Lieb; Peter Dennis provided the modern illustrations. The book begins with a brief summary of the Nazi occupation of France beginning in 1940, and the rise of a resistance movement.

Vercors 1944: Resistance in the French Alps. by Peter Lieb and Peter Dennis. Vercors 1944 - Peter Lieb. Origins of the campaign. The war between the Germans and the French resistance, also called FFI (Forces Françaises d'Intérieur), during World War II has remained a near-forgotten chapter in the history of these 'Small Wars'. This is all the more astonishing as agencies like the British SOE (Special Operations Executive) and the American OSS (Office of Strategic Services) pumped a good amount of their resources into the support of the French resistance movement.

by Peter Lieb (Author), Peter Dennis (Illustrator). Peter Lieb chronicles how the Battle of Vercors was the largest German operation launched against the FFI. In addition to the story of the Vercors campaign, this book also goes into the campaign in the nearby Tarentaise Valley, a campaign that also did not go as planned, and for various reasons, the biggest of all being the lack of experienced leadership. He underscores how the crushing defeat triggered traumatic and bitter memories that persist for the French to this day 70 years later.

Peter Dennis (Illustrator). The war between the Germans and the French resistance, also called FFI (Forces Françaises d’Intérieur), during World War II has remained a near-forgotten chapter in the history of these ‘Small Wars’. This is all the more astonishing as agencies like the Brit Fighting insurgents has always been one of the greatest challenges for regular armed forces during the 20th century. Lists with This Book.

Dr Peter Lieb is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of War Studies, Royal . Peter Dennis was born in 1950. Inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn he studied illustration at Liverpool Art College.

Dr Peter Lieb is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of War Studies, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects, including many Osprey titles.

Peter Lieb (born 1974) is a German military historian who specialises in the history of Nazi Germany and . Resistance in the French Alps. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books. ISBN 978-0-8117-1462-4.

Peter Lieb (born 1974) is a German military historian who specialises in the history of Nazi Germany and World War II. He held positions at Institute of Contemporary History, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Center for Military History and Social Sciences of the Bundeswehr. Widely published in the field, Lieb specialises in the Western theatre of World War II. Contents. 1 Education and career. Osprey Publishing, Oxford 2012, ISBN 978-1-84908-698-1.

Peter Lieb, Peter Dennis. Fighting insurgents has always been one of the greatest challenges for regular armed forces during the 20th century. The war between the Germans and the French resistance, also called FFI (Forces Francaises d'Interieur), during World War II has remained a near-forgotten chapter in the history of these 'Small Wars'. Inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn he studied illustration at Liverpool Art College

Dr Peter Lieb is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of War Studies, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He holds a PhD and an MA from the University of Munich. A keen wargamer and modelmaker, he is based in Nottinghamshire, UK. Country of Publication.

The battle of the Vercors was the largest operation against the FFI during World War II and the German’s suit and crushing victory has caused traumatic memories for the French that persist to the present day. Author. Lieb, . Dennis, P. (Illustr. English text, paperback, many photographs, some colour illustrations, colour maps. We also recommend this article. World War II Vichy French Security Troops. 517/516 Osprey Publishing.

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Fighting insurgents has always been one of the greatest challenges for regular armed forces during the 20th century. From Malaya through Algeria and Vietnam to the ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the list is long. The war between the Germans and the French resistance, also called FFI (Forces Françaises d'Intérieur) or Maquis, during World War II has remained a near-forgotten chapter in the history of these 'Small Wars', particularly in the English-speaking world. This is all the more astonishing as agencies like the British SOE (Special Operations Executive) and the American OSS (Office of Strategic Services) pumped a good amount of their resources into the support of the French resistance movement. By diversionary attacks on German forces in the occupied hinterland the Allies hoped the FFI could provide assistance in disrupting German supply lines as well as crumbling their morale. The mountain plateau of the Vercors south-west of Grenoble was the main stronghold of the French Maquis and in July 1944 some 8,000 German soldiers mounted an operation on the plateau and destroyed the insurgent groups there. The battle of the Vercors was the largest operation against the FFI during World War II and the German's fast and crushing victory has caused traumatic memories for the French that persist to the present day.

Following D-Day the FFI fully mobilised on orders given from London and posed a real threat to the German lines of communications. Operating from their sanctuaries in the mountains and armed with British and US weapons from Allied air drops, the Maquis descended into the valleys and tried to challenge the German troops of occupation. By mid-June the Germans launched a series of major counter-operations in the mountains which, carried out by the Gebirgsjäger, dispersed the French resistance from the Massif des Bauges and the French Jura. On the mountain plateau of the Vercors the FFI made the mistake of attempting to hold their ground against regular German forces, and were encircled and destroyed, accompanied by terrible reprisals against the local population. British and US liaison teams could do little to help. A month later, a similar operation put paid to the resistance on the Tarentaise. However, the Germans were too short of manpower to exploit these tactical victories and were always compelled to withdraw, letting the French resistance re-appear and take control again. German tactical victories did not translate into strategic success. By their constant harassment the FFI eventually fragmented the German forces. When after the landings at the French Riviera on 15 August 1944 US troops advanced swiftly to the north, German troops could not offer a coherent line of defence in the Alps and had to withdraw from French territory by the end of the month.

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Arador
"Vercors 1944" is a heartbreaking Osprey Campaign series entry narrating the uprising of the French resistance against German occupation in the French Alps in the wake of the Allied invasion of Normandy. Hundreds of Maquis, French resistance fighters, took up a fortified position on the Vercors plateau in June and July 1944, only to face major German counter-partisan operations. The author is Peter Lieb; Peter Dennis provided the modern illustrations.

The book begins with a brief summary of the Nazi occupation of France beginning in 1940, and the rise of a resistance movement. Focusing on Southeast France, the narrative describes the opposing commanders and their armies and plans. The bulk of the book covers the French uprising and the Maquis' defense of the rugged and seemingly inaccessible Vercors Plateau and the nearby Tarentaise Valley. Unfortunately, the local German commander reacted vigorously, ruthlessly and with considerable skill, staging a sustained assault against the Vercors with mountain infantry, airborne, and special police troops, backed by aircraft and artillery. The undergunned French fighters fought with great bravery against great odds.

Author Lieb's style is rather choppy, but he delivers an interesting account. He does not shy away from the internal divisions of the resistance or Nazi atrocities in exploring the reasons why one side succeeded and the other failed. The text is backed by an excellent collection of period photographs, maps, diagrams and illustrations. "Vercors 1944" provides a very relevant critigue of counterinsurgency that should be of interest to the general reader and the student of reistance movements.
Daiktilar
This short book is very significant in that it presents both sides' version of events of the German military battling the guerrilla forces of France. Most Allied versions never cover the German side especially the strength of the units involved and their casualties. Most of these versions vastly over estimate the German strength and casualties in order to make the Allied side look much better than they really were. Lieb's work finally presents the facts of this case.
Jugore
Vercors 1944 is a clearly written, excellently detailed, insight into the complicated politics, personalities, and objectives of the various people and organizations which made up the French resistance movements during Germany’s WWII occupation of the country. Historical research is often something to be endured but Peter Lieb’s explanations and detailing brings interest and a bit of intrigue to the events. Vercors 1944 is further enhanced with a wide variety of photographs, drawings and maps of the people and events being described – truly an outstanding book for anyone interested in this period in the history of France.
Samowar
I needed a quick overview of the history of the resistance in the French Alps and this book does a good job. Some of the dates are wrong, and they did confuse the initial invasion of the Vercors by the Germans, which is why I gave it 4 stars, but other than that, it was accurate and a fast read.
Goll
Interesting primer on the "other" war fought in France.
Bremar
one of the worst written books in this series, I struggled to get through it
Kiaile
Excellent overview of the French Resistance in southern France.
Very interesting details about a somewhat obscure but important WW Ii French battle ground and its
important players.