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Franco-American Naval Relations, 1940-45

by Charles W. Koburger

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This book continues the work started in "the Cyrano Fleet". The reviewer suspects that both books are the preliminary to a longer work with a greater scope, and hopefully fewer typos, and deeper research. As works in English on this tragic fleet are rare, this book is a must read for the student. As well as covering the diplomatic details of the early War diplomacy between the two countries it has a good list of the lead-lease contributions as well as the list of naval bases that the French opened to Allied vessels from 1942 on. The main contention of this book is that the Allies should have delayed the Torch Landings until the French Fleet could have been alerted and hopefully, escaped from Toulon. But as Adm. Laborde did have an opportunity to get some units to sea, but instead delayed until the scuttling was inevitable, I think the author isn't completely measuring the apparent need on the part of the other Allies for an easy victory during the early stages of the "Grand Alliance. Also, the Allies did not contemplate going directly to Toulon with the "Torch" landings. Not enough shipping or manpower yet. ( )
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In the United States there has been a wide divergence of views on the role of France's Navy in World War II. We have tended to remain trapped by wartime half-truths. This book attempts to set the record straight. Koburger's study discusses the history of U.S. dealings with Vichy France, especially in the French Antilles and St. Pierre et Miquelon. It describes and examines TORCH--U.S. landings in French North Africa--and its impact on us; the subsequent establishment of U.S. bases there and elsewhere on French soil; the rebuilding by the U.S. of the French Navy; and the results of our efforts. Koburger concludes that the United States did not do enough with the French, but considering the era and the circumstances, we did the best we could hope to do.

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