The French Navy in World War II

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Naval Institute Press, Jul 15, 2016 - History - 456 pages
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Few people realize the tragic situation of a country forced to capitulate to a traditional enemy. After this humiliating experience, the Navy, in its attempts to preserve France’s foreign possessions, and to supply the mother country, found itself torn between the conflicting interests of involved internal and international politics. Forced to scuttle part of the fleet at Toulon, the remainder found themselves viewed with wary suspicion by both the Germans and the Allies. That, as a Navy, they were able to survive at all is a minor miracle. That they so well preserved their unanimity as to return to the fight and participate in the final victory is in itself a tribute to the moral, discipline, and traditions that date back to the crusades. The French Navy’s story is now available in paperback.
 

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Contents

Threat and Crisis in the Far East
194
The AngloAmerican Landings in North AfricaThe Prelude
209
The Anglo American Landings in North AfricaTragedy and Turning Point
219
France Totally Occupied
238
Tragedy at Toulon and Bizerte
255
Rejoining the Allies
272
French Naval Operations 19431944
289
The Navy in Occupied France
299

Fall of the French Atlantic Ports
83
Fifteen Days of War in the Mediterranean
96
The Armistice Between France and the Axis
104
The Misunderstanding Over Article 8
114
The Drama of MerselKebir
122
Naval Politics Under the Armistice
140
The Free French Naval Forces
154
Feeding France Under the Armistice
170
Defending the Empire
181
Normandy and the Beginning of the Liberation
318
The Provence Landings and Toulon
328
ParisAnd the Last Winter
341
The Navy in Indochina
355
Bitter Reunion
369
Conclusion
381
APPENDICES
387
INDEX
399
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Admiral Paul Auphan (1894-1982) served in World War I and World War II. After serving as Minister of the Navy, he resigned November 15, 1942. He published numerous books on naval and political history.

Jaques Mordal (1910-1980) was a French naval historian. He authored twenty books on World War II, the most important of which relate the stories of the conspicuous events in the history of the French Navy: the Norwegian campaign; the battles of Dunkirk, Dakar, and Casablanca; and the war in Indochina.

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