INTERNATIONAL: Balance in the Balance

The sinister warships and screaming planes and convoys of troop ships and sweating armies were governing the world. Almost everywhere, politics had ceased to have a life of its own, had become the creature of fighting force. But in Vichy politics still governed the disposition of the world's last great inactive fleet; in the Iberian Peninsula, politics still kept great bases immobilized.

Coveted Fleet. The challenge of the Axis to Allied sea power focused the world's attention on the French Fleet, because, so nearly equal are Allied & Axis Navies, the weight...