World Battlefronts: MEN AT WAR: On the Plateau

"In the hills and forests the Maquis* of France band together in common need and against the common enemy—Vichy and the Germans. Usually they are absorbed in just existing—getting food and avoiding capture. But a month ago one band gave fight with two unusual advantages—sufficient arms and trained Army leaders. The story of their fight was told in Algiers last week by Commissioner Emmanual d'Astier de la Vigerie.

The Maquis, about 600 strong, were entrenched on the Plateau des Glières, a tableland in southeastern France near the Swiss border. To wipe them out, the Germans massed an estimated 12,000 men,...

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