1st.ed., 1990. 334 pp., 7 maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. The first account of a tragic yet least remembered conflict of the Second World War. After the fall of France in 1940 and the establishment of the Vichy Government co-operating with Germany, Britain was effectively at war with her European ally beside whom she had been fighting since the war began. The Vichy French themselves were in a dilemma. They knew that German forces occupying half of France would take the rest of the country if they did not collaborate, but on the other hand they knew France would never be free again unless they threw off the German yoke and for that they needed Britain and her allies. The Free French under de Gaulle also came into conflict with the forces of Vichy France on a number of shattering occasions between 1940 and 1942. In the Mediterranean, in the ports of North and West Africa, Frenchmen and Englishmen fought Frenchmen. The author examines the circumstances behind one of the strangest and most tragic chapters in history. He describes the seizing of French ships in British ports, Dakar and the Admiral North affair, encounters at sea, naval blockade, Operation Torch, and many less-known aspects. FINE copy.