The arrival to power of Hitler in 1933 obliged the French high political and military establishment to face the rising Nazi menace, not only at a diplomatic level, but also at a strategic one.
One of the solutions was the re-edition of the alliance with the ‘Great Power’ of the East, the Soviet Union which, from the very beginning of 1933, started to express a concrete interest for the development of an active military co-operation between Paris and Moscow. During the summer 1935, Stalin sent a secret mission to France with the objective of carrying out an agreement with the French and British governments against Hitler. Thus in June, Moscow dispatched to Paris, in the name of the Marshal Mikhaïl Toukhatchevski, an officer of the secret service and a man of Marshal Kliment Vorochilov in order to contact the high French military authorities. It was a secret mission and as such it remained until our days. David Burigana analyzed in detail the Soviet diplomatic-military relations with Paris, by means of exploiting in a full and specific way all the documentation and the sources available, not only in France but also in the United Kingdom and in Italy. He studied many military documents, including a vast range of files, historiographical records, memoirs, without forgetting those related to the economic aspects and the technology of the armaments. For the first time, a book that clarifies one of the less known aspects of the French foreign politics, while analyzing also the complex international interconnection of relations during the advent of Nazism, when all the European balances were destined to being upset.PDF format