Thursday, July 2, 2015

Wartime Sites in Paris

As a WWII wargamer I am always looking for more interesting ways to depict the war in western Europe.

I was hoping this book would provide lots of large format clear photos of all kinds of locations in Paris where the Germans and the Resistance had troops doing occupation or resistance activities.

The vast majority of the photos were very small, postage stamp size in many cases.  The text was mostly about Jews in hiding, homosexuals trying to avoid discovery by the Germans, and various people leaving France to live in the United States to safely avoid the German occupation.  There were also a disproportionate number of stories about Ernest Hemingway liberating Paris, all by himself apparently.

The war was treated as an interruption of a massive avant-guard party by the Germans.  After reading it, I gave it away to one of my friends.

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