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The Internationalization of ColonialismBritain, France, and Black Africa 1939-1956$
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John Kent

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198203025

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203025.001.0001

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Anglo-French Relations and the War in West Africa, 1939–1942

Anglo-French Relations and the War in West Africa, 1939–1942

(p.27) 2 Anglo-French Relations and the War in West Africa, 1939–1942
The Internationalization of Colonialism

John Kent

Oxford University Press

The three years from the outbreak of the war to the Allied invasion of North Africa were undoubtedly the most traumatic in 20th-century Anglo-French relations. A sense of having been let down and abandoned provided fertile ground for traditional anti-French prejudices and created a strong feeling that France, unreliable and incapable, was now to lose its identity and become a slave to Nazi Germany. However, on June 24, the armistice between France and Germany was signed, and it was dear to the British that there was little chance of securing a government in exile containing prominent French military or political leaders. By June 24, when General Charles Noguès interned the politicians who had fled from Bordeaux, this possibility had become remote. Britain was left with Charles de Gaulle.

Keywords:   Allied invasion, Anglo-French relations, Nazi Germany, armistice, France, Germany, Charles Noguès, Charles de Gaulle, Britain

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