Understanding Vichy's Policy

in The Hunt for Nazi Spies

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780226438931
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226438955 | DOI:
Understanding Vichy's Policy

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This chapter examines the counterespionage policy of Vichy France. It analyzes the attitude of Philippe Pétain towards the anti-German activities of its secret services based on the memoirs of secret service veterans. The memoirs depict the Vichy government as ambivalent toward the secret service and describe constant struggle between the two. The analysis also reveals that the low-level daily functioning of these services was autonomous and their anti-German activity was not known at governmental level.

Keywords: counterespionage; Vichy France; Philippe Pétain; anti-German activities; memoirs; secret service agents

Chapter.  7750 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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