‘We will win because we are the strongest’ was the litany of optimism within France during the Phoney War (drôle de guerre). The fortifications of the Maginot line had appeared to make another German invasion on the scale of 1914 impossible. The morale of French people, wrote Somerset Maugham in March 1940, was one of determination: ‘France is at war, doggedly, resignedly, heroically’, while in the fortified front line ‘a real comradeship exists between officers and men.’...


(Source: Rod Kedward, University of Sussex - This article is from Post War Europe: Refugees, Exile and Resettlement, 1945-1950, a Gale Digital Collection, www.gale.com/DigitalCollections)
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