Witchcraft Street, Episode 64

The invasion that will bring an end to World War Two means all change in Paris…

Witchcraft Street Episode 64

The Forces Françaises de l’Intérieur was the formal name given to the French resistance fighters in the later stages of World War Two by Charles de Gaulle. The change in designation of these groups to FFI occurred as France’s status changed from that of an occupied nation to one of a nation being liberated by the Allied armies.

As regions of France were liberated, the FFI were more formally organized into light infantry units and served as a valuable manpower addition to regular Free French forces. In this role, the FFI units manned less active areas of the front lines, allowing regular French army units to practice economy of force measures and mass their troops in decisive areas of the front.

Finally, from October 1944 and with the greater part of France liberated, the FFI units were amalgamated into the French regular forces continuing the fight on the Western Front, thus ending the era of the French irregulars in the conflict.

• There’s a French web site about the FFI here: www.39-45.fr/ffi.htm

The Wikipedia entry on the FFI is here

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