World War: Acre Pact

Even the date mocked General Henri Fernand Dentz, for it was Bastille Day. As he took up the pen his throat must have worked. Last year he signed Paris away to the conquering Nazis. Now, as Vichy's High Commissioner to the Levant States, he was about to sign Syria away to the conquering British and, even worse, to the conquering Free French. General Dentz, who rather resembles a provincial druggist in uniform, sighed and signed his full name.

Two days before, the Pact that ended the five-week Syrian War had been merely initialed by...

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