Alsace-Lorraine during World War II (1940 – 1945) – German-Occupied Alsace in WW2



What about Alsace-Lorraine in World War II? Alsace-Lorraine (Elsaß-Lothringen / Alsace-Moselle) was re-annexed by the German Reich after the successful German invasion of France. Robert Heinrich Wagner became the Gauleiter of Baden-Alsace. Since the region was annexed by Germany, its inhabitants became German citizens and therefore its man could be drafted in the German Army. These men are referred to as Malgré-nous (French: “against our will”). A large part of the area was liberated in 1944. Operation Nordwind was a German counterattack in the Alsace region. When that offensive failed the Allied plan for reducing the Colmar Pocket was named Operation Cheerful. Early 1945 most of Alsace was liberated by the Allied forces.
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– Nations and Nationalism. A Global Historical Overview [4 volumes] (Guntram H. Herb, David H. Kaplan) 1501.
– https://museeprotestant.org/en/notice/the-reintegration-of-alsace-lorraine-after-1918/ (14-10-2021).
– https://museeprotestant.org/en/notice/alsace-and-world-war-ii/ (14-10-2021).

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