Question: What side was Vichy France on?

Who did Vichy France fight for?

Germans take Vichy France. On November 10, 1942, German troops occupy Vichy France, which had previously been free of an Axis military presence. Since July 1940, upon being invaded and defeated by Nazi German forces, the autonomous French state had been split into two regions.

Was Vichy France neutral?

Vichy France did not officially declare war on the Allies, it was recognised as a neutral country although it did engage in fighting with both Axis and Allied forces throughout its existence (this is referred to as armed neutrality).

What was Vichy France during the war?

World War II Vichy France (10 July 1940 – 9 August 1944, French: Régime de Vichy) is the common name of the French State (État français) headed by Marshal Philippe Pétain during World War II. The regime was authoritarian, xenophobic, antisemitic and traditionalist in nature.

Why did Vichy France fight the allies?

Vichy was allowed to control its foreign colonies—to the extent it could defend them against the Free French—as well as its fleet, to the extent it could defend it against British naval attacks.

Did the US recognize Vichy France?

The United States granted Vichy full diplomatic recognition, sending Admiral William D. Leahy to France as ambassador. President Roosevelt and Secretary of State Cordell Hull hoped to use American influence to encourage those elements in the Vichy government opposed to military collaboration with Germany.

What happened to Vichy collaborators after the war?

From there, the Nazis took them to Auschwitz. At the close of the war, France punished many Nazi collaborators: 9,000 were summarily executed during the liberation campaign, 1,500 were executed after a trial, and 40,000 were sentenced to prison.

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