The French Army 1939-45 (2)
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The French Army 1939-45 (2)



  • Author: Ian Sumner, Francois Vauvillier
  • Illustrator: Mike Chappell
  • Short code: MAA 318
  • Publication Date: 26 Jun 1998
  • Number of Pages: 48


By 16 June 1940, De Gaulle, with the decisive support of Churchill, had come to the conclusion that, whatever happened, France could not stand to one side in the struggle against Nazi Germany. And so, Free France was born. In this companion volume to MAA 315: The French Army 1939-45 (I) , Ian Sumner and François Vauvillier examine the history, uniforms and insignia of the Free French, Fighting French and the Army of Liberation.


Ian Sumner was born in 1953 in Eccles, near Manchester. He originally trained as a librarian in Newcastle-upon-Tyne but is now a freelance author. His work for Osprey includes Elite titles on the British Navy 1939-45 and the Indian Army 1914-47; he has also written several books on the history of the East Riding of Yorkshire, where he now lives with his wife. Mike Chappell spent 22 years in infantry soldiering, retiring in 1974 as RSM of the 1st Bn., The Wessex Regiment (Rifle Volunteers). Since beginning to paint military subjects in 1968 Mike has gained worldwide popularity as a military illustrator and has been a prolific artist and author for Osprey for well over 20 years.


De Gaulle and the Free French 1940-43 Free French Ground Forces Uniforms and Insignia Secret Resistance Within the Vichy Army A Rematch for the Army of Africa Rearming the French Uniforms and Insignia 1943-44 The Revival of an Army The Plates Bibliography
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