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When France fell to the Nazis, almost immediately the German army began a campaign of pillaging one of the assets the French hold most dear: their wine. Wine and War tells the harrowing story of the French wine producers who undertook ingenious, daring measures to save their cherished crops and bottles as the Germans closed in on them. It also portrays the central role wine has long played in France’s military campaigns–how Napoleon ordered wagon-loads of champagne to sustain the morale of his armies and how, during World War I, huge quantities of wine were shipped to soldiers in the trenches of Northern France.
Based on three years of research and interviews with the survivors who engaged in this epic enterprise, Wine and War illuminates a compelling, little-known chapter of history, and stands as a tribute to extraordinary individuals who waged a battle that, in a very real way, saved the spirit of France.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction; To Love the Vines; Nomads; The Weinfuhrers; Hiding, Fibbing and Fobbing Off; The Growling Stomach; Wolves at the Door; The Fete; Saving the Treasure; Eagles Nest; The Collaborator; I Came Home Not Young Anymore