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The Hunt for Nazi Spies: Fighting Espionage in Vichy France

Simon Kitson


From 1940 to 1942, French secret agents arrested more than two thousand spies working for the Germans and executed several dozen of them—all despite the Vichy government's declared collaboration with the Third Reich. A previously untold chapter in the history of World War II, this duplicitous activity is the subject of this book, a chronicle of the Vichy regime's attempts to maintain sovereignty while supporting its Nazi occupiers. The author informs this story with findings from his investigation—the first by any historian—of thousands of Vichy documents seized in turn by the Nazis and the So ... More

Keywords: French secret agents, spies, Vichy government, Third Reich, World War II, sovereignty, Nazi occupiers, left-wing activists, Charles de Gaulle, German spies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226438931
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226438955.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Kitson, author