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Occupied and Vichy France

Occupied and Vichy France Geography Law and Politics Social Studies World History World War II

This map depicts what happened in France after the Second Armistice at Compiègne - on the 22nd of June, 1940 - when Hitler accepted the French surrender. 

Germany occupied France along the country's entire coast.  Known as the "Atlantic Wall," the coastal territory was closed and no entry was allowed except as permitted by the Third Reich.

Hitler's troops occupied the area noted on the map as "Occupied Zone," including the capital city of Paris.  The "Free Zone" was run by the Vichy government, headed by Marshal Petain (and loyal to Germany).

The partition of France lasted until the country was liberated.

Click on the map for a better view.


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Image by Eric Gaba, online courtesy Wikimedia Commons. 

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