By Thomas J. Laub
German coverage in occupied France throughout the moment international warfare used to be in lots of methods a narrative of sour inner clash among some of the German organisations in command of the profession. After the Fall presents a close research of the fight among those diverse organisations, highlighting the numerous transformations in ideology, coverage, and procedure among the military, the SS, and the diplomatic provider, and the rivalries among them of their fight for dominance. It additionally seems to be at what those battles implied for the course of German coverage in France, from the exploitation of the French economic climate and the suppression of resistance job, to the try to perform Nazi racial plans. within the approach, it sheds a lot gentle on either the interior workings of the Nazi regime and at the judgements made by way of the French govt throughout the process the occupation.
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37 after the fall Franco-German commission that would turn principles outlined in the Armistice Agreement into speciﬁc regulations. Although usually inconsequential, the Armistice Commission did enhance German economic power by establishing a favorable rate of exchange. Using an inﬂated reichsmark, some German companies bought French industrial concerns outright or purchased stock at a very reasonable price and exercised indirect control over French businesses. As the war dragged on, German industrialists and Nazi bureaucrats used articles 15, 17, and 18 to ﬁrst inﬂuence, later regulate, and ﬁnally control strategic French industries.
The Armistice Agreement also shaped Franco-German economic relations. The Vichy government agreed to allow the trans-shipment of goods across metropolitan France (article 15), prevent ‘economic assets’ from leaving the country (article 17), and bear the cost of maintaining German troops on French territory (article 18). Article 22 created a joint ³⁴ A copy of the Armistice Agreement appears in DGFP, ser. D, vol. IX, pp. 671–9. ³⁵ Paxton, Parades and Politics at Vichy, pp. 7–8, 121; George E.
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After the Fall: German Policy in Occupied France, 1940-1944 by Thomas J. Laub