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French resistance fighter with Sten [1]

The French Resistance was an irregular armed fighting force, composed of groups of French patriots, and was set up after the German occupation of France. The Resistance forces were mainly split into two factions - the Free French, under Charles de Gaulle, and the Communists.

The Free French became known as the Maquis, after the thick scrubland used by bandits in Corscia and the coastal regions of the Mediterranean to avoid capture.[2]

In February 1944, the various resistance forces were grouped together as the Forces francaises de l'interieur (French Forces of the Interior, or FFI). The FFI was merged with the French Army in November 1944.[3]

References

  1. WW2 Total Website
  2. Room, Adrian (Editor). Brewer's Directory of Phrase and Fable - Millennium Edition. 2002. ISBN 0 304 35873 8 Page 743
  3. Room, Adrian. Page 436

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