International Cooperation, Transnational Circulation

Escape, Evasion, and Resistance in France, 1940–1945

in French Politics, Culture & Society
Valerie Deacon NYU

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The rescue of downed Anglo-American aircrews in France during the Second World War highlights the transnational nature of this kind of resistance. From their training to their evasion, flight crews themselves experienced the Second World War without traditional national borders. Moreover, their successful rescue in Occupied France depended on the ability of civilian helpers to think transnationally and to operate with little regard for the nation-state. This article focuses on evasion training, rescue, and postwar attempts to honor civilians for their assistance to highlight these themes of transnational resistance.

Contributor Notes

Valerie Deacon is a Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU Shanghai. Her first book, The Extreme Right in the French Resistance: Members of the Cagoule and Corvignolles in the Second World War, came out in 2016 with Louisiana State University Press. She has published numerous articles on gender and politics in the French resistance and is currently working on a project about civilian resistance and downed aircrews in France. Email:

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