U.S. At War: Off the Rocks

Good, grey Captain Cordell Hull last week waited for a tide, backed the ship of U.S. relations with Vichyfrance off the pink granite rocks of St. Pierre & Miquelon, where it had almost gone to pieces.

Ever since France fell, the State Department has followed a tortuous course, trying to hold Vichy in the narrow channel between collaboration with the Axis and outright surrender. Purpose: to keep the Nazis from getting the French Fleet.

When a squadron of Free French corvettes sailed into the harbor of St. Pierre on Christmas Eve and took possession of...

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