INTERNATIONAL: The Enemy Gasps and Wavers

"The Enemy Gasps and Wavers"

The greatest U.S. victories in Africa last week were political rather than military. They followed months of shrewd State Department maneuvering (see p. 75). It began in the winter of 1940, when worldly, good-natured Robert Murphy, U.S. Counselor of Embassy at Vichy, was sent to Algiers as a supersonic detector of French African affairs. It was Mr. Murphy who arranged with General Maxime Weygand to deliver U.S. food to the French colonies. Mr. Murphy and scores of U.S. agents saw that the food got there. In the...

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