Osprey's study of French Resistance fighters of World War II (1939-1945). Working as an underground force, the French Resistance was initially formed spontaneously from scattered groups of men and women, inspired by the leadership of men like Charles de Gaulle.
As the war progressed the Resistance developed into a secret army, terrorizing the forces of occupation and would-be collaborators alike, despite being excluded from the protection of the Geneva Convention, which left them facing torture and execution if captured.
Striking photographs, coupled with first-hand accounts of capture and its terrible consequences, depict an engaging and human history of the French Resistance fighter. Terry Crowdy details the military achievements, tactics, backgrounds, and motivations of the men and women of the Resistance, whose actions helped to ensure the success of the D-Day landings and the liberation of France.
"Terry Crowdy's French Resistance Fighter: France's Secret Army surveys the underground force that was the French Resistance during the war, covering patriot activities, motivation and achievements." -The Bookwatch (December 2007)
"The book covers the various organizations and how they were combined in 1944 as the FFI... [It] gives a good view of the resistance role and how the fighters were equipped and supported by the allies." -Joe Kauffman, SITEO Newsletter (October 2007)
"Illustrated by Steve Noon, also provided are full page color illustrations detailing scenes from the Resistance in addition to many black and white photos... Although a relatively small book at 64 pages, it is highly informative and educational." -Timothy Baghurst, The Traveler (September 2007)
"Terry Crowdy's French Resistance Fighter: France's secret army joins the 'Warrior' series to analyze the French Resistance which terrorized German forces. Photos and first-hand accounts of struggle, capture and torture at the hands of Germans make for a striking account suitable for in-depth World War II collections." -California Bookwatch (August 2007)