By Max Hastings

Veterans of the bloodiest combating of the Russian entrance, 15,000 males with tanks and artillery, they have been hounded for each mile in their march by means of saboteurs of the Resistance and brokers of the Allied designated Forces. alongside their direction they took reprisals so savage they'll reside eternally within the chronicles of the main appalling atrocities of battle. "My literary VC is going absolutely to Max Hastings for his Das Reich...the tale of a march that left in the back of a path of blood and demise, torture and heroism...the slaughter and burning to demise of 642 males, ladies and youngsters of Oradour-sur-Glane...the placing of ninety nine civilians from the lamp-posts of Tulle as a reprisal for Maquis action." - "Sunday Telegraph".

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The son of Gia Long, founder of the Nguyen dynasty, Minh Mang was a gentle scholar whom French propagandists of the time depicted as a cruel tyrant. The port of Faifo, on the Vietnamese coast, was one of the first European trading stations in Vietnam. It was founded by Portuguese merchants, but commerce with Vietnam failed to make much headway until the early twentieth century. Jean-Baptiste de Chaigneau, a French soldier offortune who entered the service of Emperor Gia Long. Married to a Vietnamese woman, he was promoted by the emperor to the rank of mandarin first class.

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