Last week French Admiral Robert, War Coordinator of the French West Indies, was still in control of the island of Martinique. French colonial troops went on drilling in tropical heat. French warships lay in the big harbor of Fort-de-France. But island exports of rum, bananas, sugar, pineapples had all but stopped. A British fleet of unknown size patrolled the nearby waters—carefully avoiding the appearance of a blockade, making certain that French warships would not streak for home, watching for signs of a Nazi attempt to establish a submarine base on the island....

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