The fall of France, 1940, and the emergence of the collaborationist Vichy regime / The Vichy National Police and its Mobile Reserve Groups / Joseph Darnand and the Service d'Ordre Legionnaire, January 1942 - transformation into Milice Francaise, January 1943 / Civil war against the Resistance, 1943-44 / The end, 1944-45 / Milice organization - weapons - uniforms / Select Bibliography / Plate Commentaries
A detailed study into the significant but little-known arm of the Axis security machinery in occupied Europe - the Vichy French Security Troops, the collaborators who hunted the Resistance.
Dr Stephen M. Cullen was educated at the universities of Edinburgh and Oxford. He has written widely on inter-war fascism, communism, and British Great War combatants' writing. He has also written on the history of the British Home Guard, including, most recently, In Search of the Real Dad's Army; The Home Guard and the Defence of the United Kingdom, 1940-1944 (Pen & Sword, 2011 & 2016). He has been a guest on several BBC Radio programmes and on TV, talking about military and political history. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Warwick, England.
"Pros: Excellent, very accessible writing style; very good research; good balance of political, military and other content; great coverage of uniforms, equipment, and the fate of these units. Very nice color plates and maps. Cons: None really. If it were twice as long I would have enjoyed it twice as much." - AMPS