France: Maps of Occupied Zones

Our thanks to Philippe Connart, one of the founders of the Le Réseau Comète website:, for sharing with us his collection of 13 maps relating to the German occupation of France during WWII.  The maps may help researchers to appreciate all the better the complexity of moving escapers and evaders to safety.  Click on a map to enlarge it.  The maps are as follows:

1. French Departments

French departments

2. Division of France Into Zones of Occupation

3. La France après l’armistice du 22 juin 1940 (France after the armistice of June 22, 1940)

4. Division of France Into Zones with Detailed Dates

5. Division of France Into Zones with
German Titles

6. Zone Occupée (Zone Nord)  and Zone Libre (Zone Sud)

7. Zones of Occupation

8. Mur de l’Atlantique (Atlantic Wall)

9. Zone d’ Occupation Allemande (German Zone of Occupation)

10. Zone d’Occupation Italienne (Italian Zone of Occupation)

11. Zone Annexee (French Zone of Annexation)

12. Zone Reservee (Zone Reserved)

13. Zone Reservee