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11. Towards Liberation

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Police officers had to weigh up the range of threats with which they were confronted, of which post-war punishment was only one. Also whilst there were reasons to dread the future, for other civil servants there were also positive visions for the post-war. What was the state of mind of the Police in the run-up to Liberation? The spectre of a future Liberation was certainly very real and deliberately kept alive by both the Resistance and the Allies. In an October 1940 speech to the French people, Churchill had promised that one day 'the dawn [of Liberation] would come' to free them from the dark night of Occupation. The inability to establish similar insurrectionary credentials to their Parisian counterparts made it more difficult for the Marseille Police to improve their image at the Liberation and would hence affect their ability to impose their authority.

Keywords: France; Liberation; Marseille Police; post-war; Vichy



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