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by Warren Tute

After the defeat of the French by the Germans, Churchill was determined that the French fleet would not fall into German hands so he ordered every French ship to be seized or surrender.
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ISBN: 1844155358
ISBN13: 978-1844155354
Category: History
Subcategory: Europe
Author: Warren Tute
Language: English
Publisher: Pen and Sword (September 22, 2008)
Pages: 224 pages
ePUB size: 1586 kb
FB2 size: 1369 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 407
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A period of WWII history we don't pay much attention to, the immediate aftermath of the fall of France in 1940 left the powerful French naval fleet at grave risk of falling under Nazi control. This book details what happened in what may well have been one of the decisive actions of WWII.

The battle was fought between British and French naval units who only days before had fought side by side, and had a far reaching impact on the course of WWII.

I only gave the book four stars because i was left feeling disappointed that the focus was too narrow. There is much more to the story than simply the naval battle at Mers el Kabir which i wish the author had gone into in more detail.
GREAT BOOK. Filled me in on all the details I hadn’t known about before. Author did a Great job
This is an excellent account of an almost forgotten action of WW II. The author makes you feel the tension and drama as the British prepare
to fire on their former allies, and the French struggle to maintain their honor after being forced to surrender.
As advertised, and quickly delivered. Thanx.
another good book by warren tute added to my collection.Well received as advertised
Tute writes a nice operational history of the British attack on the French fleet in June of 1940, focusing on the Algerian bombardment at Oran. Especially useful is the hour by hour, and sometimes minute by minute, description of the negotiation to arrange disarmament or otherwise neutralization. Tute handles the political aspect well, reviewing the internal struggle between Churchill, the Admiralty and the officers at sea over how to proceed, while offering substantial details about the French and German armistace negotiation and its effect on events. The actual bombardment was mercifully short, just 10 minutes, and though the culmination of the political and military efforts it plays a similarly small role in this book. The text is a tight, well written 200 pages, the prose flows like you would expect from a well educated English journalist author (so much better than most American authors, especially most of the more recent ones), and it is an engrossing read. Recommended!
Tute examines one of the overlooked actions of World War Two when the British sink a French battle group before it could fall into the hands of the Germans or Italians. Not much has been written about this action, since it was the British who were the aggressor in this action. The main characters in this episode were the British negotiator Holland and the French admiral of the four battleships based in Oran, Algeria. Tute follows the negotiations through to the deadly conclusion where 1300 French sailors died and three French battleships sank.
I liked the way Tute described how the situation came to be with the collaspe of France in 1940. Some more material about when the British submarine sank the French cruiser would have also helped.
Interesting because it includes an interview with Admiral Gensoul himself. Easy read.