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French history

Mers el-kebir or how to sink an ally’s fleet

In World War II, the British didn’t hesitate long before sinking the French Navy to prevent it from falling into German hands.

Summer 1940: Germany occupies the British Channel Islands

The Islands of Alderney, Guernsey, Herm, Lihou and Sark went through five years of German rule during World War II.

The armistice between Italy and France in June 1940

After just three days of actual war, Italy and France signed an armistice in June 1940.

1900: Xenophobia versus colonialism in China

The siege of the Legation Quarter in Peking from June to August 1900 was a desperate attempt to rid China of Western colonial powers.

Trianon: Hungary’s dismemberment after WWI

The Treaty of Trianon, which Budapest was forced to sign 100 years ago, marked the end of historical Hungary.

Dunkirk 1940: disaster, myth and miracle

80 years ago, the Battle of Dunkirk began in the surroundings of France’s northernmost city.

Germany 1945: surrender or liberation?

There’s hardly any controversy about Germany’s unconditional surrender in May 1945 anymore, but that’s mostly due to a very selective view of history.

The definitive disbandment of ETA: adieu to separatist murderers

After almost 60 years, the Basque terrorist organization ETA finally stopped operating in 2018.

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