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By Jacques Sapir

Et si los angeles France avait continué l. a. guerre en juin 1940 ? Et si le gouvernement français avait continué l. a. lutte contre l’Allemagne hitlérienne depuis l’Afrique du Nord ?

Telles sont les questions posées par cet essai où l’histoire rencontre los angeles fiction à travers une oeuvre romanesque haletante et poignante.

Ainsi prend forme une façon entièrement novatrice de relire et d’étudier l’histoire de l’année 1940, dans tous ses features : politique, économique, diplomatique et stratégique. Une replacement aux journées tragiques de juin à décembre 1940 se dessine alors, le contraste entre le attainable et le réel n’ayant qu’un seul yet : montrer que l. a. décision de demander un armistice n’était en rien inéluctable.

Voici le récit d’une histoire qui n’a pas été, mais qui aurait pu être.

« Un récit maîtrisé et plein de suspense, un exercice intellectuel stimulant ponctué de characteristics d’humour. » L’Express
« Une ‘‘uchronie” aussi sérieuse qu’excitante.
» Libération

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These fighters were generally considered too fragile for naval use, but remained in service from mid1942 until the end of the war. 31 HMS Hermes, the Royal Navy’s first purpose-built aircraft carrier, entered service in 1923 and spent most of the interwar years in the Far East. This obsolete small carrier was sunk by Japanese naval aircraft off Ceylon in April 1942. Service History 1939–45 HMS Furious Furious initially served with the Home Fleet, and was engaged in convoy protection and carrying Britain’s gold reserves to safety in Canada.

She returned to service in January 1942, joining the Eastern Fleet two months later. In May Formidable took part in Operation Ironclad, then remained in the Indian Ocean until October, when she was ordered to Gibraltar. She took part in Operation Torch, and remained in the Western Mediterranean until July, when she participated in Operation Husky (the Allied invasion of Sicily). She also supported Operation Avalanche in September. Formidable was recalled to home waters in October, and remained with the Home Fleet for a year, during which she served with the Arctic convoys, and took part in Operation Goodwood (air attacks on Tirpitz).

HMS Courageous Courageous was serving with the Home Fleet when the war began, and was deployed on anti-submarine patrols in the South-Western Approaches to the English Channel. On 17 September 1939 she was struck by three torpedoes fired by U-20. She sank quickly, with the loss of 518 crew. HMS Glorious Glorious began the war with the Mediterranean Fleet, but spent the rest of the year in the Indian Ocean hunting for German raiders. In January 1940 she underwent a refit in Malta, then joined the Home Fleet in April, in response to the German invasion of Norway.

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