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Patriotes aux Armes!:
The Underground Resistance in France, Belgium, Holland, and Italy, 1939-1945
Patriotes aux Armes!:
The Underground Resistance in France,Belgium,
Holland, and Italy, 1939-1945
Cengage Learning is delighted to partner with McMaster University Library to
digitize the Library’s World War II underground resistance collection which covers
the period between 1933 and 1945. Most of the documents are in French, while
some are in German, Flemish, Dutch, Italian, and Yiddish
Patriotes aux Armes!: The Underground Resistance in France, Belgium, Holland, and
Italy, 1939-1945 provides many dissertation and research opportunities, including:
•Psychological warfare
•European Resistance movements during WWII
•Jewish Resistance in France
•And more
Date Range: 1939-1945
Source Library: McMaster University
Content: 21,348 pages
Propaganga activties, in particular, are highlighted extensively in Patriotes aux
Armes!: The Underground Resistance in France, Belgium, Holland, and Italy, 19391945. This collection includes a range of primary source documents that provide
a wealth of information necessary for research in European Studies, World War II
Studies, Military History, International Affairs, Political Studies, Conflict Studies,
and French Studies:
•And more
Archives Unbound answers the
call within libraries and university
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Archives Unbound is a programme
that addresses the needs of
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offering subject-specific primary
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multi-disciplinary research in
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and more. Between 5,000 to
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adjuncts to the large Gale Digital
Collections making them an
affordable option for libraries and
•Newspapers and periodicals
•Books and pamphlets
“The depth and importance of the McMaster collection make it one of the leading Holocaust
and Resistance archives in the world…students and researchers, no matter their location,
can access these extraordinary materials that are crucial to a full understanding of the
magnitude of the Holocaust and the period of the Second World War.”
Jim Draper, Vice President, Gale, part of Cengage Learning
To request a trial email [email protected] or for more information visit
Patriotes aux Armes!:
The Underground Resistance in France, Belgium, Holland, and Italy, 1939-1945
Resistance movements during World War II occurred in every occupied country
by a variety of means, ranging from non-cooperation, disinformation, and
propaganda to hiding crashed pilots and even to outright warfare and the
recapturing of towns. Resistance movements were sometimes referred to as “the
underground.” Among the most notable resistance movements were the French
Forces of the Interior, the Italian CLN, the Belgian Resistance, and the Dutch
After the first shock following the Blitzkrieg, people slowly started to organize,
both locally and on a larger scale, especially when Jews and other groups were
deported and used for the Arbeitseinsatz (forced labor for the Germans).
Organization was dangerous, so much resistance was done by individuals.
The possibilities depended much on the terrain; where there were large tracts of
uninhabited land, especially hills and forests, resistance was more easily organized
undetected. In countries like the much more densely populated Netherlands,
the Biesbosch wilderness was used to go into hiding. In northern Italy, both the
Alps and the Apennines offered shelter to partisan brigades, though many groups
operated directly inside the major cities.
There were many different types of resistance groups, ranging in activity from
humanitarian aid to armed resistance. Resistance usually arose spontaneously,
but was encouraged and helped mainly from London and Moscow. Resistance
movements undertook many activities including:
•Non-violent activities, including work stoppages and strikes and
•Armed raids, uprisings and guerrilla warfare
•Illegal press
•Helping Allied military personnel caught behind Axis lines
•Propaganda activities and illegal press efforts to counter Nazi propaganda
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