England's Last War Against France: Fighting Vichy 1940-1942

England s Last War Against France Fighting Vichy The last shots fired between England and France weren t during the Napoleonic Age but rather during World War II when Vichy France was left unoccupied by the Nazi regime in return for their collabo

  • Title: England's Last War Against France: Fighting Vichy 1940-1942
  • Author: ColinSmith
  • ISBN: 9780297852186
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The last shots fired between England and France weren t during the Napoleonic Age, but rather during World War II, when Vichy, France was left unoccupied by the Nazi regime in return for their collaboration For than two years, from the summer of 1940 through November of 1942, British forces engaged the Vichy French on land, sea and air Thousands of lives were lost,The last shots fired between England and France weren t during the Napoleonic Age, but rather during World War II, when Vichy, France was left unoccupied by the Nazi regime in return for their collaboration For than two years, from the summer of 1940 through November of 1942, British forces engaged the Vichy French on land, sea and air Thousands of lives were lost, and the history of this conflict was buried until now Through painstaking historical research, historian Colin Smith throws back the veil of secrecy to detail this last bloody conflict between modern Europe s great powers.

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    • ColinSmith

      Colin Smith, author of England s Last War Against France , Singapore Burning and most recently collaborator in Andrew Borowiec s Warsaw Boy,was brought up in the British Midlands At 18 he had the chance to join the Guernsey Evening Press as a cub reporter Jobs on several other provincial newspapers followed and in 1968, after working on the Birmingham Post and the Daily Sketch, he joined David Astor s Observer.Smith lives with his wife Sylvia in Nicosia where, in the late 1970 s, he was first based as The Observer s Middle East correspondent In recent years he has concentrated on writing books, both fiction and non fiction but mostly the same school of narrative history.Smith s first book was Carlos Portrait of a Terrorist, which came out of a three part Observer series following the Venezuelan s 1976 raid on OPEC s Vienna headquarters and the kidnapping of the oil ministers Revised after Carlos capture in 1995 and published as a Mandarin Paperback, in 2012, after a Paris court sentenced the terrorist to a second term life imprisonment for bombings in France in the 1980 s, it was revised yet again.He has pubished three novels, all with Palestinian themes Spies of Jerusalem is set in the Ottoman Palestine of 1917 as outnumbred Turkish and German forces do their best to thwart Britain s General Allenby as his army advances on Jerusalem Let Us Do Evil takes place in Mandate Palestine during World War Two where some Jews see the British as their main enemy and make a pact with the Devil his thriller Collateral Damage sees a vengeful widower on the trail of the man who killed his wife as the Cold War terrorism that plagued Western European capitals in the 1970 s becomes a very hot war indeed in Beirut and southern Lebanon.

    558 thoughts on “England's Last War Against France: Fighting Vichy 1940-1942

    • Solid account of the war with Vichy FranceAsk most people when Britain was last at war with France, they’d say Waterloo. This well researched account provides the casual reader with great insight into a relatively little known aspect of World War 2.Smith writes well creating a rare read that works for the non-military historian whilst making it detailed enough for readers wanting a more detailed view point.A good balanced account of a little know part of World War 2.Thanks to netgalley for the [...]


    • Colin Smith's "England's Last War Against France" is almost a great book. It is a wide-ranging and stylishly written account of the conflict between Churchill's England and Vichy France after the Nazi victory of 1940. Smith is a good writer of prose who apparently spared little effort in fully exploiting British sources and those French accounts available in translation. Primary accounts by French participants, however, are noticeably absent from the bibliography. Smith does not succumb to the t [...]


    • This story is far more interesting than the rather obscure subject seems to promise. Colin Smith has managed to write an account that weaves together the personal experiences and recollections of the men at the front with the grand strategy of the men in government, never losing sight of the human perspectives. It probably helped that the scale of the conflict between Vichy France and Britain was often small, involving thousands of men at a time when millions fought on other fronts. But many of [...]


    • I blame my 40-something kid for getting me interested in the topic of WWs I and II, but it has fascinated me ever since he did. My dad fought in WWII, which helped spark the interest, but the idea of the French and British in conflict with each other was a strange one to me.The coverage of the various battles and intrigue behind some of the decisions the play makers made was excellent. While I did enjoy the inclusion of much of the obscure detail that Colin Smith provided, (I imagine that he wen [...]


    • This is a piece of recent history I had very little knowledge of – how in The Second World War, Britain (and latterly America) found itself in conflict not only with Germany, but with France as well. The Vichy government opposed the allies from its North African strongholds, causing a great loss of life and equipment. Often these were brutal encounters, but more than that they were an irritating distraction for the allies as they tried to concentrate on fighting the main enemies.(It must have [...]


    • An excellent insight into a little-known corner of World War 2. The title is a bit forced: Scotland had been historically an ally of France but of course, it had been the UK against its enemies for over 200 years by the outbreak of the War.The campaigns against Vichy France in Syria, Madagascar and elsewhere are clearly laid out. For me however, the background to Vichy France with its principal protagonists, their disagreements, jealousies and rivalries, made the book what it is. A must for anyo [...]


    • A well written account of the overlooked battles for the Vichy French colonies in WWII. England attacked their erstwhile ally by sinking their fleet at Mers-el-Kebir, in Algeria, then by defeating Vichy armies in Syria and Madagascar. Finally, England and the US landed troops in French Northwest Africa in operation Torch, which caused the Germans to put an end to the independent existence of the collaborationist Vichy government.


    • This is a very interesting book. It seems that once the Nazis were going to overrun France there were numerous French boats that left their coastline. Some sailed to English ports and some sailed to ports in Africa. The English did not want any of these boats to end up being used by the Nazis. Many of the boats that had docked in England were overrun by English soldiers and taken by force. Those near Africa were bottled up by English ships. They were told they could turn the boats over to the En [...]


    • Very well written account of the UK's actions against Vichy France in WW2. Very clearly written, well-organized and does a nice job of introducing key personalities and providing analysis.


    • This book provides a detailed insight into the Allies war with Vichy. In answer to the question - 'Why did the French fight with such enthusiasm against the Allies?' - I think we need to look at history. The Anglo Saxons and French have been fighting each other for centuries. Also Vichy thought (at least until '42) that Great Britain would lose. You had a job to find a Frenchman who would fall in with the Allies, (but after the war they were 'all in the resistance'!). At least with the Germans y [...]


    • A very well written account of the various campaigns and personalities involved in Britain's undeclared war against Vichy France. The background, structure and description of all the different battles are well presented and laid out. The various events ocurring in Metropolitan France are weaved in to complete the picture. For me, perhaps it would have been nice to have more content that dealt with the intrigue and politics of Vichy France as the war progressed in 1941 and 1942, though the person [...]


    • A well researched book on a underreported part of the war. Could have used some more info from the French perspective, particularly the private soldier's experiences and the Operation Torch chapters seemed more pertinent to America's Last War Against France. But all in all, a thoroughly interesting read.


    • Interesting book with lots of detail on the relationship between UK and Vichy France during the first part of WWII. The coverage of the Allied invasion of French North Africa is the weakest part but the coverage of the political intrigue is very good.I was interested in the CW invasion of Syria and the coverage was more than good.


    • An indispensable, and critical overview of the forgotten aspects of the hidden War within a War that was the conflict between Great Britain and Vichy France.


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