Foolish French Idiots

While trigger-happy partisans often proved long on enthusiasm and short on actual fighting ability, too many American officers ignored their real value and adopted the views of one infantry lieutenant who called the French Forces of the Interior the “damndest bunch of clowns I ever saw in my life…Foolish French Idiots we used to call them.”

David W. Hogan, Jr., “US Army Special Operations in World War II”

French Forces of the Interior (FFI) were French resistance fighters who, according to official mythology, helped a great deal to liberate France from the Nazis.

Other historians (see this YouTube video) claim that the French resistance fought more with one another rather than with Germans. Allegedly, at the end of World War II there was a serious threat of civil war breaking out in France between competing factions.

Sources

  • You can find the link to the referenced book on this page.