Laval's Artilery

Laval's Artillery

The Vichy forces which Pierre Laval might bend to Adolf Hitler's purposes are anything but known quantities. Vichy's army strength in North and West Africa is a public mystery. Germany is said to have allowed Vichy to build up an air force of 1,000 planes, but its caliber is highly dubious. And although the size of the Vichyfrench fleet is fairly well established, both its fighting temper and condition are question marks.

The sentiment of France's Ecole navale has long tended to be antidemocratic, and that sentiment was underscored in blood two...

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