We’ll look at life under the Vichy government and in occupied France. We will trace the rise of the resistance, the role of the communists, the development of maquis guerilla bands, the British-trained operatives and the Free French forces led by Charles de Gaulle. The sad and sometimes heroic story of the Jews in Nazi-dominated France will also be told. Liberation brought about the settling of scores and a messy political legacy. The prominent role of the communists in the resistance greatly alarmed Winston Churchill who pressed President Truman to allow the French to re-occupy their former colony in Indochina. The tragic Vietnam War (1945-75) had its origins in post-Liberation France.