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Male misconduct
in The experience of occupation in the Nord, 1914– 18

This chapter examine two forms of misconduct more associated with men. The first involves accusations than men in positions of authority, such as local politicians or policemen, abused their power during the occupation; these men were the object of detailed French investigations after the liberation, investigations often sparked by denunciations from locals. The chapter analyses both the post-war denunciations and investigations in depth, which provide a rich tableau of the complexities and difficulties of occupied life – doubly problematic for French men in positions of authority. It then considers the second type of male misconduct: commercial relations with the Germans, from gold trafficking to exchanging goods with the occupier, for which evidence can be found in diaries, repatriation interrogations, even clandestine newspapers – and for which men were punished after the war. The chapter concludes with reflections on misconduct more generally.

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The experience of occupation in the Nord, 1914– 18

Living with the enemy in First World War France


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