FROM DUNKIRK TO THE FALL OF PARIS
The first two weeks of June 1940 were some of the most significant days in modern history. The Nazi blitzkrieg was was tearing through the north of France. British and French soldiers alike had been routed and surrounded in the port town of Dunkirk not knowing the miraculous evacuation that awaited them.
While all this was happening the almost all French newspapers ceased publications under the diress of total war. For the last half of the 1930's there was only a singular english language newspaper in Paris, The International Herald Tribune. Knowing there unique possition of providing information to Americans still in France the International Herald Tribune persisted published issues right up to the Nazi ground assault on Paris. Continuing to publish even after no other paper remaining “the Paris Herald Tribune was the last free newspaper in any language to publish in Paris before the Nazi occupation of June 1940.”
Because the International Herald Tribune was the only newspaper still publishing at this critical time in the early days of World War II the issues from that time can offer unique insights that can not be found in any other primary source resource. Browse the issues and articles below under LOOK INSIDE featuring unique and facinating coverage of the Dunkirk evacuation and the Nazi invasion of France and additional context.
Check out Part II to explore the final issues published by the International Herald Tribune before the 4 year hiatus during the Nazi occupation.
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