Few people realize the tragic situation of a country forced to capitulate to a traditional enemy. After this humiliating experience, the Navy, in its attempts to preserve France's foreign possessions, and to supply the mother country, found itself torn between the conflicting interests of involved internal and international politics. Forced to scuttle part of the fleet at Toulon, the remainder found themselves viewed with wary suspicion by both the Germans and the Allies. That, as a Navy, they were able to survive at all is a mir miracle. That they so well preserved their unanimity as to return to the fight and participate in the final victory is in itself a tribute to the moral, discipline, and traditions that date back to the crusades. The French Navy's story is w available in paperback.
Admiral Paul Auphan (1894-1982) served in World War I and World War II. After serving as Minister of the Navy, he resigned November 15, 1942. He published numerous books on naval and political history. Jaques Mordal (1910-1980) was a French naval historian. He authored twenty books on World War II, the most important of which relate the stories of the conspicuous events in the history of the French Navy: the Norwegian campaign; the battles of Dunkirk, Dakar, and Casablanca; and the war in Indochina.