WESTERN EUROPE: An End of One's Own

Shortly before the beaten German armies surrendered in 1945, Charles de Gaulle, leader of the Free French forces, received a secret appeal from Nazi Gestapo Boss Heinrich Himmler:

"Granted, you have won. Knowing what you started from. General de Gaulle, one takes off one's hat to you. But now what are you going to do? Rely on the Anglo-Saxons? They will treat you as a satellite. Range yourself with the Soviets? They will impose their rule on France and liquidate you. The only way to win greatness and independence for your nation is by an entente with beaten Germany. If...