Monday 20 October: "The Cruel Victory: The French Resistance and the Battle for the Vercors 1944"
Paddy Ashdown tells us of the uprising and subsequent massacre on the Vercors massif. As the Allied troops stormed the D-Day beaches, the Vercors rose up to fight the Nazis in a planned rearguard action. It was the largest French Resistance action of the entire war, and the most brutal crushing of resistance forces in Western Europe. The story, long overlooked by English language histories, resonate still in France's daily life and politics. Signed copies available at the event.
6.45 for 7.15pm at the Durning Library
No admission charge, but a £2 donation towards costs is invited.