The Union fédérale and the Union nationale des combattants: 1918–33

Chris Millington

in From Victory to Vichy

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780719085505
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702680 | DOI:
The Union fédérale and the Union nationale des combattants: 1918–33

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This chapter concerns the French veterans' movement during 1918-1933. During and after the First World War, numerous associations were founded to represent ex-servicemen in France. Of these groups, two came to dominate the veterans' movement: the centre-left Union fédérale (UF) and the conservative Union nationale des combattants (UNC). In the decade following the war, the UF and UNC frequently disagreed on political issues. The UF was close to the left and sought rapprochement with Germany. The UNC, on the other hand, supported conservative governments, collaborated with the extreme right and rejected any notion of relations with the Weimar Republic. However, though divided on matters of politics, the two groups could unite in the defence of veterans' rights. This chapter explores the complicated history of the UF and the UNC during these years, exposing themes that are examined later in the book.

Keywords: France; First World War; Veterans; Fascism; Germany; International relations

Chapter.  11155 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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