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French, Free French, and Vichy French flag in SOE


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The flag that the game uses as the Vichy French flag was the personal flag of Marshal Petain. Not a problem in and of itself, but not quite officially correct.

The flag of Vichy France was the same as the flag of pre-Vichy France, because it was technically the same country, though with reduced borders and a slightly different official style -- 'The French State' instead of 'The French Republic'.

The flag that was different was the Free French flag, which was defaced with the cross of Lorraine. DeGaulle put the cross of Lorraine into the middle of the French tricolor to distinguish it from the Vichy flag, which was just the plain tricolor. After the fall of Vichy the newly liberated Free French reverted to the plain tricolor.

There doesn't seem to be a way to describe this state of affairs in SOE. Free French should have their own separate activation icon, and unless I'm missing something Vichy French should probably use the regular French icon, though you might want to make a distinction between non-Free French North African French units and Vichy French in Metropolitan France.

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Hi Philippe

You're right, in that this is a very tricky area with no easy solution, and the method adopted is probably the best one to avoid confusion while also avoiding very complicated scripts/events to try to work around it.

The only thing to add is that any French units not surrendering when France falls will retain their French activation icons while serving as Free French.

Bill

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