By David Fraser
Here the reader will locate grand process on the maximum point, but additionally the truth of command within the box and the event of wrestle for the infantry, gunners and the tankers because the British military fought its approach during the conflict. yet peculiarly it is a complete, authoritative and vividly written account of the British military within the moment global warfare because it got here to grips with, and in spite of everything triumphed over, its enemies within the field.
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Less than a minute after setting off, while the engines were still cold, we began to move. The engines laboured and the Battle of Britain and 13 Apostles of de Gaulle 35 aircraft did not gather enough speed for a normal take-off. It required all René’s skill to get it to lift off and keep it in flight. We hedge-hopped over the salt lake on the edge of the airfield. René struggled to reach the speed required to gain height. 7 Despite the immense difficulty of flying a sabotaged aircraft, and the fear that fighters might be sent up to pursue them, Mouchotte piloted the aircraft to Gibraltar, which was rapidly becoming the chief destination for airmen from North Africa who wished to join the Free French forces.
Free French headquarters were not very happy with these arrangements, which could hardly produce aircrew in the numbers needed to rebuild French military power in the air. By the beginning of October they had 24 The RAF’s French Foreign Legion 1940–45 60 pilots (45 of them with more than 100 hours of flying experience) waiting to move on to Operational Training Units. 17 Within the British air ministry there was some bitterness at French complaints, since de Gaulle had been quick to send into action his limited number of experienced pilots who might have provided the flight instruction for French student pilots that the RAF was now called on to service.
Those motivated only by self-interest or timidity mingled with those who obediently but reluctantly accepted what they saw as their patriotic duty to the constitutional government of the French Republic. To the Free French movement (and to British propaganda) they were all ‘tarred with the same brush’; ‘Vichy’ became a handy synonym for ‘Hitler’s willing lackeys’. Marshal 32 The RAF’s French Foreign Legion 1940–45 Pétain’s supporters reciprocated by classing the Free French as ‘Churchill’s willing lackeys’, deserters and traitors to their native land; scoundrels quite prepared to slaughter their fellow countrymen at the behest of their British paymasters.
And We Shall Shock Them: British Army in the Second World War by David Fraser