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The Forgotten French: Exiles in the British Isles, 1940-44

Nicholas Atkin


It is widely assumed that the French in the British Isles during the Second World War were fully fledged supporters of General de Gaulle, and that, across the channel at least, the French were a ‘nation of resisters’. This study reveals that most exiles were on British soil by chance rather than by design, and that many were not sure whether to stay. Overlooked by historians, who have concentrated on the ‘Free French’ of de Gaulle, these were the ‘Forgotten French’: refugees swept off the beaches of Dunkirk; servicemen held in camps after the Franco-German armistice; Vichy consular officials l ... More

Keywords: Second World War, refugees, exiles, Dunkirk, French servicemen, camps, Franco-German armistice, Vichy consular officials, Pétain, General de Gaulle

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780719064388
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719064388.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Atkin, author