By David Brown
On three July 1940, quickly after the cave in of the French entrance and France's request for an armistice, a reluctant Royal military commander opened fireplace at the French army squadron at Mers-el-Kebir. a few 1,300 French sailors misplaced their lives.
The overdue David Brown's precise account eventually conveys an goal knowing of the process occasions that led as much as this tragedy. This new book makes huge use of basic resources comparable to correspondence, experiences and indications site visitors, from the British cupboard to the admirals, the commanders-in-chief and the liaison officers.
It exhibits how the driver at the back of this amazing occasion used to be the British government's selection that the French Fleet could by no means fall into the arms of the Axis powers. a mixture of distrust, dissembling, negative communications and outright enmity over the previous month had catastrophic effects, either for the contributors involved and for the way forward for Franco-British naval relations.