World War: Raid in the Desert

Of all the fantasies which unfolded in Africa last week, the most dramatic was described over the radio by General Georges Catroux, former Governor General of French Indo-China, now right-hand man to Free Frenchman Charles de Gaulle:

About a month ago a small Free French force left the great swamp known as Lake Chad (see map, p. 23), heading north. They passed through nightmarish, weird, surrealistic terrain—along an enormous dry river bed, past sudden oval valleys with lush black soil floors, across a stark desert of slippery sand and sharp stones, across an eroded tableland, through the magnificent mountain peaks (highest: 11,200...

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