Whatever happens, the flame of French Resistance must not be extinguished and will not be extinguished. - General Charles de Gaulle, radio broadcast from London, June 18, 1940´´A great man? Why, he´s selfish, he´s arrogant, he thinks he´s the center of the universe...you´re right, he´s a great man!´´ - Winston Churchill on General Charles de GaulleThe French Army crumbled swiftly under the powerful blows delivered to it in 1940 by Nazi Germany´s confident Wehrmacht. Launching a massive feint into Belgium to lure mobile French armies and the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) away from the actual point of attack, the weakly protected Ardennes Forest, the Germans struck past the Maginot Line. In a lightning campaign, Heinz Guderian´s panzers punched through to the coast, dividing Allied forces with a steel cordon across France and forcing the evacuation of the BEF from the port of Dunkirk.French morale collapsed very quickly in the face of the Third Reich´s onslaught. The French population had not yet recovered from World War I´s immense bloodshed, and many French preferred surrender to a second decimation of their young men. Accordingly, the Germans seized the northern French territories directly, while permitting Marshal Petain, an elderly war hero and right-wing fanatic, to found a rump state centered on Vichy. History dubbed the quasi-independent client state´s government the Vichy Regime.Not all French people proved willing to surrender to the Nazi invaders, however. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colin Fluxman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/100566/bk_acx0_100566_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The French Army crumbled swiftly under the powerful blows delivered to it in 1940 by Adolf Hitler´s self-confident Wehrmacht. Launching a massive feint into Belgium to lure mobile French armies and the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) away from the actual point of attack, the weakly protected Ardennes Forest, the Germans struck past the Maginot Line. In a lightning campaign, Guderian´s panzers punched through to the coast, dividing Allied forces with a steel cordon across France and forcing the evacuation of the BEF from the port of Dunkirk. Not all French people proved willing to surrender to the Nazi invaders, however. While large numbers collaborated – working for German or Vichy companies to provide for themselves or their families – and some wholeheartedly backed the new regime out of opportunism, fascist conviction, or other motivations, a courageous minority operated in secret to resist their conquerors and the quisling state at Vichy: ´´De Gaulle described them as being bound together by a taste for risk and adventure [...] national pride sharpened by the suffering of their nation and ´an overwhelming confidence in the strength and cunning of their own plot´. [...] ´With him, it is [...] serving the Resistance and national honour, uncompromisingly demanding,´ wrote one. ´With him, we would have to get used to breathing the rarefied air of the summits.´´´ (Fenby, 2012, 109). The French Resistance never grew into a single unified organization. Rather, it remained divided in several major and numerous minor factions, each with their own philosophy and agenda. While these factions all shared the same goal – opposition to the Germans their Vichy pawns – they viewed each other with some suspicion and sometimes cooperated only grudgingly. During the war years, however, the Resistance kept the spirit of an independent and defiant France smoldering under the surface of Nazi domination, waiting for the opportunity to emerge again, 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Kollins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/074168/bk_acx0_074168_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On the day that Winston Churchill replaced Neville Chamberlain as prime minister, Germany invaded Holland and Belgium. Despite all the efforts of the Allied armies, Hitler´s powerful Panzer divisions smashed their way through to the French coast. For the retreating British Expeditionary Force, Dunkirk was the only practical point of departure, and on May 26, the order for total evacuation, Operation Dynamo, was given. Over succeeding days, the ´´miracle´´ of Dunkirk took place, and almost 400,000 troops were rescued from the beaches. Meanwhile, in Britain, belated preparations were going on for the expected invasion: the Battle for Britain had begun. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon MacCorkindale. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/000167/bk_rhuk_000167_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Almost 75 years have passed since D-Day, the day of the greatest seaborne invasion in history. The outcome of the Second World War hung in the balance on that chill June morning. If Allied forces succeeded in gaining a foothold in northern France, the road to victory would be open. But if the Allies could be driven back into the sea, the invasion would be stalled for years, perhaps forever.An epic battle that involved 156,000 men, 7,000 ships and 20,000 armoured vehicles, the desperate struggle that unfolded on 6 June 1944 was, above all, a story of individual heroics - of men who were driven to keep fighting until the German defences were smashed and the precarious beachheads secured. Their authentic human story - Allied, German, French - has never fully been told.Giles Milton´s bold new history narrates the day´s events through the tales of survivors from all sides: the teenage Allied conscript, the crack German defender, the French resistance fighter. From the military architects at Supreme Headquarters to the young schoolboy in the Wehrmacht´s bunkers, D-Day: The Soldiers´ Story lays bare the absolute terror of those trapped in the frontline of Operation Overlord. It also gives voice to those hitherto unheard - the French butcher´s daughter, the Panzer Commander´s wife, the chauffeur to the General Staff.This vast canvas of human bravado reveals ´the longest day´ as never before - less as a masterpiece of strategic planning than a day on which thousands of scared young men found themselves staring death in the face. It is drawn in its entirety from the raw, unvarnished experiences of those who were there. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Giles Milton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hodd/001980/bk_hodd_001980_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Blitzkrieg, or ´´lightning war´´, describes the Third Reich´s invasion strategy during its 1940 conquest of France not only due to the speed of the Wehrmacht advance but also its devastating effect on its ill-prepared adversaries. Mired in the paralyzing muck of plodding staff college military doctrine and demoralized as a nation by their appalling losses during World War I, the French succumbed in a few weeks to German skill and vigor. Moreover, after being lured into Belgium by a large-scale German feint, the British Expeditionary Force and over a million French soldiers found themselves cut off by the main Wehrmacht thrust. Heinz Guderian and Irwin Rommel, among others, led their panzers on an 11-day dash from the Ardennes Forest to the coast, trapping vast numbers of Allied soldiers in Belgium and northeastern France. The surrender of more than 1,200,000 isolated troops followed, yet in the midst of this disaster, the Allies contrived one coup that took even the victorious Wehrmacht aback: the evacuation of over 300,000 soldiers from the port of Dunkirk. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/076973/bk_acx0_076973_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This audiobook gives various voices to Poe´s writings. These voices are suggested by the identities of the narrator and other characters within each piece. When it seems that Poe is the narrator, we attempt to use a voice that may be similar to that of himself. Edgar Allan Poe had a transatlantic upbringing. He was born in Boston and attended primary school in Scotland and England. At age eleven, he moved to Richmond, Virginia, where his education continued through high school and one year at the University Of Virginia, where he excelled in his studies of French and Latin. We earnestly hope that Mr. Poe would not disapprove of our use of artistic license in this audiobook production of his writings; but, being quite dead, he is in no position to express his opinion about this rendering of his work, or is he? We hope you enjoy listening. Cheers! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard B Panzer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/011068/bk_acx0_011068_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
22 Juin 1941. A 4 heures du matin, Staline est réveillé par le général Joukov : ´´C´est la guerre !´´. La frontière germano-soviétique s´embrase sous les coups de l´artillerie allemande. L´invasion de l´Union soviétique par l´Allemagne nazie, nom de code Opération Barbarossa, vient de débuter. Ce fut la plus grande opération militaire allemande de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Face à une Armée rouge de 4 millions de soldats et 170 divisions, l´armée allemande aidée de ses alliés finlandais et roumains, compte près de 3 millions d´hommes, 3 600 chars et 4 200 avions. Les envahisseurs capturent en quelques semaines 600 000 soldats soviétiques ainsi que des milliers de chars. Dès le premier jour de l´invasion, les chars allemands, les Panzers, progressent de 60 kilomètres à l´intérieur du pays. Dans le même temps, l´aviation allemande, la Luftwaffe, détruit 1 800 avions soviétiques. De la réussite ou de l´échec de l´Opération Barbarossa dépendra l´issue de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale. 1. French. Will Maes. http://samples.audible.de/sp/cids/000335/sp_cids_000335_sample.mp3.