England's Last War Against France

England's Last War Against France

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Genuinely new story of the Second World War - the full account of England's last war against France in 1940-42. Most people think that England's last war with France involved point-blank broadsides from sailing ships and breastplated Napoleonic cavalry charging red-coated British infantry. But there was a much more recent conflict than this. Under the terms of its armistice with Nazi Germany, the unoccupied part of France and its substantial colonies were ruled from the spa town of Vichy by the government of Marshal Philip Petain. Between July 1940 and November 1942, while Britain was at war with Germany, Italy and ultimately Japan, it also fought land, sea and air battles with the considerable forces at the disposal of Petain's Vichy French. When the Royal Navy sank the French Fleet at Mers El-Kebir almost 1, 300 French sailors died in what was the twentieth century's most one-sided sea battle. British casualties were nil. It is a wound that has still not healed, for undoubtedly these events are better remembered in France than in Britain. An embarrassment at the time, France's maritime massacre and the bitter, hard-fought campaigns that followed rarely make more than footnotes in accounts of Allied operations against Axis forces. Until now.On the parade ground they had declined to follow the armya#39;s new drill manual, introduced just before the war, and march ... her way by echo sounder and radar for the mile-wide break in the cliffs that was the entrance to Diego Suarez harbour . ... She had brought 3, 000 men home from Dunkirk, was part of the destroyer pack around the sinking Bismarck, had been ... It seemed a very tall order, almost like one of those stunts against NapolAcona#39;s navy the author C.S. Forester dreamed upanbsp;...


Title:England's Last War Against France
Author: Colin Smith
Publisher:Hachette UK - 2010-11-25
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