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England's Last War Against France: Fighting Vichy 1940-42 (Paperback)
  • England's Last War Against France: Fighting Vichy 1940-42 (Paperback)

England's Last War Against France: Fighting Vichy 1940-42 (Paperback)

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Paperback 512 Pages / Published: 24/06/2010
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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.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9780753827055
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 492 g
Dimensions: 217 x 160 x 36 mm

Smith describes unfamiliar battles with notable fluency and skill -- Max Hastings * SUNDAY TIMES *
Riveting -- Robert Fisk * INDEPENDENT *
his descriptions of these obscure battlefield encounters are thrilling and his narrative is spruce and peppery. -- Christopher Silvester * DAILY TELEGRAPH *
a narrative of war that has much of Patrick O'Brian about it. -- Carmen Callil * GUARDIAN *
excellent account of a woefully understudied 'war within a war'...Astonishingly, this is the first book -- Andrew Roberts * LITERARY REVIEW *
Smith's considerable achievement is to unmask the reality and make us understand this painful period far better than ever before. * CATHOLIC HERALD *
"a classic on the conflict with Hitlers Vichy allies... a superb book on an astonishing array of long-buried incidents." * OXFORD TIMES *
"Colin Smith's light yet detailed touch superbly outlines a wasteful and depressing story... A quality read with many political and military twists and turns." * SOLDIER MAGAZINE *
In this exemplary work, Smith displays a real knack for conveying time, place and pungent action. * WARSHIP INTERNATIONAL FLEET REVIEW *

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