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By Terry Crowdy

The years instantly following the French Revolution of 1789 observed a rare transformation of the French military. From a distrusted software of the feudal strength of the king and the Aristocracy, it turned the logo of liberty and citizenship. The transition used to be complicated and painful, because the remnants of the outdated expert military have been joined via a flood of civilian volunteers and conscripts, of whom even the easiest have been in need of every thing other than republican fervour. This booklet describes the levels of the rebirth that produced a military able to beating off part the monarchies of Europe, therefore laying the rules for Napoleon's particular victories ten years later.

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His wife and daughter finally reached Britain in July 1943. They stayed in London (with a second daughter, born in 1944) until June 1945. Aron himself had returned to liberated Paris in September 1944. He decided not to go back to academe, partly out of bitterness about the exclusion of Jews from higher education under Vichy and partly because of his ‘‘ambition to take part in national debates’’ and public service. He chose journalism. With his classmate and friend from the E´ cole Normale, Jean-Paul Sartre, Aron founded the review Les temps modernes in the fall of 1945.

He turned subsequently to journalism, attending early Nazi party rallies and was appalled by what he saw. The Spanish civil war turned him further away from fascism. Almost immediately after the 1940 French defeat, he tried unsuccessfully to enlist some of his friends and acquaintances in Resistance activities against Vichy and the Germans. ’’ Very tall, his silhouette was well known, and he had to resort to cosmetic and other tricks to disguise his appearance. Astier became the leader of Libe´ration-sud and was summoned to London to meet General de Gaulle.

M. ]) and chief of Lyons Gestapo from 1942 to 1944. Known as the ‘‘Butcher of Lyons,’’ he was responsible for the arrest of Jean Moulin and the deportation of many Jews and Resistance members. The son of an embittered Verdun veteran, Nikolaus (Klaus) Barbie joined the Hitler Youth and the Nazi Party and filled leadership positions in the SS in Holland before being assigned to Lyons in 1942, just as German anti-Resistance activities intensified. He presided over Gestapo raids on the Lyons Union Ge´ ne´ rale des Israe´ lites de France and then signed the report as officer in charge of the 6 April 1943 roundup of Jewish children at their refuge in Izieu.

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