World War: After Dakar

Last week as the Commandant Duboc was warped in at Duala, 2,000 miles southwest of Dakar in the Cameroons, three rows of native troops and French soldiers stood at attention. General Charles de Gaulle, leader of Free Frenchmen, stepped ashore. He kissed Governor General Colonel Leclerc on both cheeks. An officer of the Duala garrison shouted, not exactly in the military tradition: "Here you are at home and there's plenty of pinard" (French soldier's slang for wine). Then a pandemonium of cheering broke out.

General de Gaulle had gone to the Cameroons, which had declared for him along with most of French...

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