The first ever account of how the fall of France to the Germans in 1940 affected the lives of ordinary French people. Using eyewitness accounts, Hanna Diamond tells a story of mass exodus, defeat, humiliation, and occupation - opening the way for the triumph of the Vichy regime under Marshal Petain.
Hanna Diamond is Senior Lecturer in French History in the Department of European Studies at the University of Bath. She lived and taught in Paris for many years and has spent her career researching into the lives of the French people during the twentieth century. Her previous book, Women and the Second World War in France 1939-48: choices and constraints is also based on personal narratives and oral history. It was the first to explore the range of women's experiences of the war. She is currently working on a micro history of a mining community in southern France.