The Road to Oran : Anglo-French naval relations, September 1939-July 1940

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Published
  • London : Frank Cass 2004
Physical description
1 online resource (257 p.)
ISBN
  • 1-135-77163-4
  • 0-429-23368-X
  • 1-280-07785-9
  • 0-203-49911-5
Notes
  • Description based upon print version of record.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Other format: Also available in printed form.
  • Reproduction available: Electronic reproduction. Dawson Books. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web.
  • English
Contents
  • Book Cover; Title; Contents; List of illustrations; Series Editor's Preface; Foreword by Contre-amiral Jean Kessler; Preface; Dramatis Personae 1939 40; Introduction by Geoffrey Till; Anglo-French Naval Staff Planning and Cooperation on the Eve of War; The Phoney War; The Mediterranean, 27 March 27 May 1940; Dunkirk to Bordeaux, 4 15 June; Political Collapse, 16 June; Petain's First Day, 17 June; Last Meeting of the Admirals, 18 June; Bordeaux, 19 21 June: Armistice or Africa?; The Other Side of the Hill, 17 21 June; The Armistice Terms, 22 June; 23 June; 24 June; The Armistice, 25 June
  • The Cruise of the Richelieu, 25 26 June27 June; 28 June; 29 June; 30 June; 1 July; Orders for Operation 'Catapult', 2 July; Mers-el-Kebir: The Parley, 3 July; The Bombardment of Mers-el-Kebir, 3 July; Bibliography; Index
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  • Electronic books.
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Language
  • English

Summary

  • On 3 July 1940, soon after the collapse of the French front and France's request for an armistice, a reluctant Royal Navy commander opened fire on the French Navy squadron at Mers-el-Kebir. Some 1,300 French sailors lost their lives.The late David Brown's detailed account finally conveys an objective understanding of the course of events that led up to this tragedy. This new book makes extensive use of primary sources such as correspondence, reports and signals traffic, from the British Cabinet to the admirals, the commanders-in-chief and the liaison officers.It shows how

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