THE FIGHTING FRENCH by Raoul Aglion

THE FIGHTING FRENCH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A former attache who has been part of the De Gaullist movement from the start gives a complete history of the Fighting French, its inception, organization and achievements. It's a consistently eulogistic picture (others have questioned certain lacks in De Gaulle as a leader); it's also somewhat cursory where the recent American-Vichy-Darlan episodes are involved, but this may be diplomacy. However it is a full record of Free France and her determination to fight on. From victory for the defeatists when Petain signed the armistice, to De Gaulle's expedition to England and formation of the movement; the strengthening of the Free French as volunteers joined from all over, the territory it controls and attitudes of the dark colohies; its Army, Air Force, Navy and Merchant Marine; lastly action, at Dakar, during the Libyan and Syrian campaigns, and in France itself with resistance through the Underground. Individual accounts and exploits illustrate each phase.

Pub Date: May 14th, 1943
Publisher: Henry Holt