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How important was the 'French Resistance' or 'Free French' in the Allied victory in World War 2?

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09/12/2012

By the end of the war the Free French consisted of about 1,400,000 soldiers who earlier in the war had recaptured Paris, which gave the Allies a huge propaganda boost because of the re-established French Republic.

Also the French resistence had arguably one of the best and most effective intelligence services in the entire war because they had "undercover" members in almost every army which helped the allies push forward towards Berlin with knowledge about German fortifications, defence lines and weaknesses.

The fighting spirit of a French resistance soldier was also significantly better than the ones of a Britt, Soviet or American. The reason why is because every single resistance member was volunteers and fought for France because they loved France, Not because their government forced them.