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The Hunt for Nazi SpiesFighting Espionage in Vichy France$

Simon Kitson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226438931

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226438955.001.0001

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(p.xvii) Chronology of World War II France

(p.xvii) Chronology of World War II France

The Hunt for Nazi Spies
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3 September 1939

Britain and France declare war on Germany

10 May 1940

Germany launches offensive against France

16 May 1940

Marshal Pétain is named deputy prime minister

14 June 1940

The French government flees from Paris to Bordeaux

17June 1940

Pétain publicly calls for an armistice

18 June 1940

De Gaulle makes a BBC broadcast calling for continued Resistance

22 June 1940

Franco-German armistice signed

25 June 1940

Franco-Italian armistice signed

2 July 1940

Pétain's government moves to Vichy

3 July 1940

The British sink part of the French fleet at Mers-el-Kébir in Algeria

10 July 1940

The National Assembly grants full powers to Pétain

2 August 1940

Vichy sentences de Gaulle to death in absentia

26 August 1940

The French colony of Chad rallies de Gaulle

27 August 1940

Cameroon rallies de Gaulle

28 August 1940

The Congo rallies de Gaulle

23–25 September 1940

Failed Gaullist attack on Vichy-held Dakar

3 October 1940

Vichy issues a Jewish statute, limiting the rights of Jews

4 October 1940

Law allows for the arrest of foreign Jews

12 October 1940

German failure in Battle of Britain

24 October 1940

Pétain meets Hitler at Montoire, near Tours

30 October 1940

Pétain declares his intention to enter the path of collaboration

16 November 1940

Germans expel 70,000 Lorrainers from northeast France

13 December 1940

Pétain sacks Pierre Laval

25 December 1940

Darlan meets with Hitler near Beauvais

29 March 1941

Vichy creates a commission for Jewish affairs

27–28 May 1941

Darlan signs Paris Protocols, designed to reinforce collaboration

2 June 1941

Vichy issues a second Jewish statute, further limiting the rights of Jews

22 June 1941

Operation Barbarossa (German invasion of Soviet Union)

July 1941

Creation of Legion des Volontaires Francais contre le Bolshevisme (LVF)

12 August 1941

Pétain issues a radio broadcast admitting his government's unpopularity

4 September 1941

LVF leaves to fight Russians on eastern front

16 November 1941

Germans obtain Weygand's dismissal from North Africa

1 December 1941

Pétain meets Goring at St-Florentin

7 December 1941

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor

27 March 1942

First deportations of Jews

18 April 1942

Laval is recalled as head of government

22 June 1942

Laval publicly states his wish for a German victory

August 1942

Vichy organizes round-up of Jews for deportation in southern zone

8 November 1942

Allies invade French North Africa

11 November 1942

Germans invade previously unoccupied zone of southern France

27 November 1942

French sabotage the remains of their fleet at Toulon, and Vichy's army is abolished

30 January 1943

Vichy creates its black-shirted Milice (militia)

2 February 1943

German capitulation at Stalingrad

16 February 1943

Forced Labor Draft (STO) is introduced

13 November 1943

Petain temporarily withdraws from his duties

1 January 1944

remodeling of Vichy government to include more overt Fascists

6 June 1944

Allied landings in Normandy

20 August 1944

Germans oblige Petain to leave for Germany

25 August 1944

Liberation of Paris

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Chronology of World War II France

Map 1. France's départements

Chronology of World War II France

Map 2. Zones of occupation in France