By Douglas Boyd
Observing a D-Day movie, does an individual ask yourself why no French devices took half within the invasion in their personal German-occupied kingdom? normal Charles De Gaulle commaned 400,000 unfastened French squaddies, yet US President Roosevelt insisted they now not be informed the date of the invasion simply because he meant to occupy France and open the rustic as much as American massive company, whereas maintaining in workplace traitors who had run the rustic for Hitler. this is able to have sparked a civil battle, yet De Gaulle outwitted Washington to move the 1st executive of liberated France. Disgusted with the pro politicians, he resigned in 1946. In 1958, to avoid wasting France from civil struggle a moment time, he used to be elected President of the Republic. After Roosevelt's dying, he defied presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. Drawing on hitherto unpublished and revealing fabric from the records in Paris and Washington, this thought-provoking account of an outstanding European's rejection of overseas domination has major resonance for contemporary Britain, whose governments are subservient either to Washington and Brussels.
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