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Paul Reynaud Lifts Curtain On Dark Days

DURING May and June, 1940, Western Europe went down before the blitzkrieg tactics of the Nazi hordes. As the Allied armies fell back and Governments tottered there were feverish diplomatic and military exchanges designed to save France, or, if that proved impossible, ensure that, from her North African Empire, France would fight on at Britain's side.

.The world knows how- fruitless were those attempts, and the man in the best position to understand at. the time the full implications of what was going on was Paul Reynaud, Premier of France during that fateful summer. It was Reynaud who met the British. French, and Belgian leaders, and it was he who attended the many feverish conferences in Government offices and field headquarters. The secret history of the events leading up to the tragic collapse is an open book to him.

When the Germans took, over Reynaud was imprisoned. For five years he remained in Vichy and German gaols, and during those weary days he Dut down in memoir form all that happened as he saw it before the capitulation. Reynaud did not expect that his story would ever be published in the free Press of the world, but he managed to keep his activities from his gaolers. His priceless manuscript was preserved and has been completed. Beginning to-morrow the Auckland Star will publish the Reynaud story, the first important historical document so far to arise from the Second World War.

M. Paul Reynaud

Reynaud is completely frank in his revelations. French. British and Belgian soldiers and statesmen appear in their various roles in those last scenes. Here is a fascinating story, and it makes intelligible for the first time many happenings which puzzled the world when they occurred. ■ Instalments of the story will appear daily in the Auckland Star, which has secured the New Zealand rights.

This is no fictionalised work. It is a chronological version of the darkest days in the history of Fiance, when the original British Expeditionary Force fousrht its way back to the beaches and carried through the epic of Dunkirk. Additional interest has been given by Reynaud's evidence at the trial of Petain, who he accuses of plotting his country's downfall.

The first article in this exclusive Star feature appears to-morrow.

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Paul Reynaud Lifts Curtain On Dark Days, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 188, 10 August 1945

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Paul Reynaud Lifts Curtain On Dark Days Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 188, 10 August 1945

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