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Forced Labour
In 1942 the workforce in Germany was facing a severe shortage of manpower, many hundreds of thousands of men were taken from the factories and sent eastwards to fight the Russians, and like some insatiable machine, it sucked men into the jaws of death, thousands upon thousands at a time.

The German High Command was now compelled to recruit any labour that could be found, resources from the occupied countries were used to fulfil these needs. Hence in many countries of Europe able-bodied men were taken to Germany.
Mass transportations for forced labour
The mass transportation of people was common whether to
forced labour camps or death camps.

In France, the Germans introduced the "La Releve" or the Compulsory Labour Service, and under order from the occupying forces all Frenchmen between the ages of 19 to 32 were sent to work for the Todt Organisation in the factories of Germany.
Many frenchmen fled from the sudden sweeps and roundups that were being forced upon them by the German Police and French Police "The Milice" who were now determined to search out and find anyone. In Paris alone 20,000 men a week were taken and transported to Germany. The combined police forces then swept through the whole country, every town and village in order to fill the trains with a "new workforce". (In Holland 50,000 men were rounded up in one day, and transported to Germany.)

Fighting in the streets for the freedom of France
The Resistance in action in occupied France.
For those who did not comply, reprisals were taken against their families, many young men fearing this and the forced labour, made the decision to flee to the woods and forests throughout France and join together as brothers in a secret army, they would soon become a fighting force that would face the enemy in some of the most courageous, heroic stands for freedom that the world would see. Their names to be written in the history of France, and in the hearts of the French nation as …... "The Maquis"
 
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