When the Allies invaded North Africa in Nov., 1942, Hitler annulled the armistice of 1940 and occupied all France. by waldzee » 08 May 2012, 12:26, Post ", This page was last edited on 7 December 2020, at 10:32. While a few French colonies went over to the Free French immediately, many remained loyal to Vichy France. they fought against the allied landings in north africa in 1942 (operation torch) they caused about 500 american casualties before the vichy french commanders in the area … But this took time. Roosevelt favored trying to get Vichy France into the allied camp, he did not trust The Free French. Your claim Hitler would not allow the French to fight the Allies is without historical precedent and contrary to Hitler's stated and actual actions. The colony remained such during the rest of the East African Campaign, but stayed out of that conflict. [12] Even after the battles were fought, however, Vichy France did not join the war, and the Vichy French troops engaged there were usually repatriated by the Allies after operations were over. Re: Why did Vichy France fight the allies? The landings were opposed to differing degrees. It is questionable that he ordered that many French resistance leaders who had helped Eisenhower's troops be arrested, without any protest by Roosevelt's representative, Robert Murphy. The middle & upper classes saw the chaos of the 1940 defeat as nearly the worst thing possible, with its contiuation as the worst thing. The British feared that Japanese Navy might use Madagascar as a base and thus cripple British trade and communications in the Indian Ocean. In 1940, many of the aircraft stationed in Syria and Lebanon had been sent back to France. Last edited: Dec 6, 2020. Vichy was allowed to control its foreign colonies—to the extent it could defend them against the Free French—as well as its fleet, to the extent it could defend it against British naval attacks. The Vichy regime resisted Japanese pressure to recognize the Japanese puppet Reorganized National Government of China established by Wang Jingwei in 1940 in occupied Nanjing, even though the Axis did.[5]. They may have been legally bound to obey the legal government of France (the Vichy regime) but it was obviously a German puppet and the Allies+Free French were trying to defeat Germany and restore France, hardly malicious intent. While tightly controlled by the Nazi regime, Vichy France was permitted the means to defend its African colonies against foreign invasion. How did Vichy France come to be? Sid... do you have more details on the French plans and the intel item. Afterwards, the Soviet Chargé d’Affaires in Vichy, Alexander Bogomolov, maintained contacts with the Vichy Regime. During the battle for Dakar, Vichy had launched retaliatory bombing raids on Gibraltar, causing fairly minor damage but killing several civilians. by Carl Schwamberger » 08 May 2012, 23:30, Post Her … The political situation during Khalkin Gol and the Vichy situation is quite different where one happened before the countries or its allies were at war with each other and the latter happened when Germany, France's occupant at the time was at war with the Allied powers. Firstly many thanks for the well considered and intelligent responses to my first thread-starter on this Forum about "which German advanced weapon had the … The Vichy were not, and did fight us when we landed in North Africa earlier in the war. [9], From mid-1940 until mid-1941 the USSR maintained diplomatic relations with the Vichy Regime. French diplomats throughout the country were accredited to his Chongqing government. Less than two weeks after the armistice, Britain had fired upon forces of its former ally. The Americans also hoped to encourage Vichy to resist German war demands, such as for the fleet, air bases in French-mandated Syria or to move war supplies through French territories in North Africa. From the French perspective, they were fighting a civil war? It included the actual French territory without the Alsace, Lorraine and the colonies. Australia maintained, until the end of the war, full diplomatic relations with the Vichy Regime and entered also into full diplomatic relations with the Free French. Vichy France. Vichy aircraft had already bombed Gibraltar on 18 July in retaliation for the attack at Mers-el-Kébir. Vichy France, the German client state established in June 1940 under in the non-occupied Zone libre, officially neutral and independent until invaded by the Axis in November 1942 Marshal Philippe Pétain, Vichy's main leader 2 Answers. Unofficial relations with Free France were established in August 1941.[11]. Re: Why did Vichy France fight the allies? It was an authoritarian regime. More info would be fun. On a 3-6 they refuse to fight and join the Allied side (this can be change to 1-3, and 4-6 if the odds don’t seem fair). The Vichy French air force was relatively strong at the start of the campaign. By 25 September, the battle was over, the plan was unsuccessful, and Dakar remained under Vichy French control. The Vichy regime, proclaimed by Marshall Pétain after the Fall of France in 1940 before Nazi Germany, was quickly recognized by the Allies, including the USSR until 30 June 1941 and Operation Barbarossa.However, Vichy France broke with the United Kingdom after the destruction of the French Fleet at Mers-el-Kebir. Re: Why did Vichy France fight the allies? This is a understudied subject & anything you might make avaialble for sources and facts would be most welcome. The existence of Vichy France was one reason why the Germans did not invade Spain in an effort to capture Gibraltar. Even De gaulle was sentenced to death by the Vichy Government. Henri Giraud and Charles de Gaulle then became co-presidents of the Comité français de la Libération nationale, which unified the Free French Forces and territories controlled by them and had been founded at the end of 1943. Post by michael mills » 08 May 2012, 04:50 Because they were duty-bound as members of the French armed forces to obey the orders of the legal Government of France. Operation Torch: Why Did America Fight French Forces in 1942? I know my second world war history very well but the other day while reading about vichy frances role i became curios if the free french forces lead by charles de gaul ever fought the vichy french forces lead by phillipe Petain. Consequently, on 8 June, British and Commonwealth forces invaded Syria and Lebanon. American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt suspected the operation in North Africa would rule out an invasion of Europe in 1943 but agreed to support British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Finally, after François Darlan's turn towards the Free Forces, they played him against de Gaulle. Bombing in World War 2 claimed between 50,000 and 60,000 French civilian lives. In 1942 the US and Britain had more than three divisions in battle against Germany, but certainly not yet twenty to fight against Germany for French territory. Both the Free French and Vichy French pretended to be “the French” at this time. Vichy France controlled North Africa. Other French colonies had the decision to switch sides enforced more strenuously. Instead of welcoming American troops with brass bands, Vichy France’s colonial forces fought back with everything they had. 0 0. The Vichy French Military were the armed forces of Vichy France, which was founded in 1940, and it lasted until 1942, when the Germans occupied Vichy France during Operation Anton. On 23 September 1940, the British launched the Battle of Dakar, also known as Operation Menace, part of the West Africa Campaign. This occurred through a series of consultations between Giraud and de Gaulle. The Battle of France, in which the German victory led to the fall of the Third Republic in May and June 1940. When the Allies invaded North Africa in 1942, an enraged Hitler canceled the peace accord he had arranged with Vichy in 1940 and took measures to occupy all of France. However, Germany never bothers to take back Vichy France's territories in Africa, they only attack metropolitan France. False rumours abounded that France had made major concessions regarding colonies and German control of French ports and the French fleet. ", Zamir, Meir: "De Gaulle and the question of Syria and Lebanon during the Second World War: Part I. France was divided into two zones: one under German military occupation and one left to the French in full sovereignty, at least nominally. The French State, popularly known as Vichy France, as led by Marshal Philippe Pétain after the Fall of France in 1940 before Nazi Germany, was quickly recognized by the Allies, as well as by the Soviet Union, until 30 June 1941 and Operation Barbarossa. Whereas the majors didn't hand their best tech and equipment over to their allies, they did often sell or give them the next-best things, be it Shermans for UK or StuGs for Finland. The Vichy French sided with the Nazis the enemies who took over their country, and against the allies (France's friends) because.....they weren't France. The Pétain government in Vichy controlled the rest until November 1942, when Germany took it all over. One problem is Hilter misjudged the French intent & thought they would not fight a war over Poland or the USSR. To what extent did the Western Allies pursue an essentially ‘Italy & Vichy France First’ policy from mid 1940-43? Initially, Winston Churchill was ambivalent about de Gaulle and dropped ties with Vichy only when it became clear that it would not fight the Germans. Edit Vichy France existed during the second world war as a Nazi puppet state, half of its territory (North West) was occupied by German's army while the rest of it was considered "free". It can be considered as a very bad phase of France. The Vichy government, which was never recognized by the Allies, became a German tool in the hands of such men as Pierre Laval and Jean François Darlan, although German expectations were never completely satisfied. Dwight D. Eisenhower accepted Darlan as high commissioner of North Africa and French West Africa (AEF), a move that enraged de Gaulle, who refused to recognize Darlan's status. by Sid Guttridge » 09 May 2012, 12:32, Post Vice-Admiral Somerville, with Force H under his command, was instructed to deal with the large squadron in port at Mers El Kébir harbor near Oran in July 1940. Nevertheless, de Gaulle convinced Churchill to allow his forces to participate, but de Gaulle was forced to agree to a joint British-Free French proclamation promising that Syria and Lebanon would become fully independent at the end of the war. Vichy France will accept this loss of territory as a delayed, but still inevitable result of the war they were in previously (Special rule). [13] The admiral was assassinated on 24 December 1942 in Algiers by the young monarchist Bonnier de La Chapelle, probably acting as part of a conspiracy involving Henri, Count of Paris. I understand why the Vichy government in Metropolitan France opposed the Allies (at least publicly) but why did French colonies like Madagascar fight back? ↳   Life in the Third Reich & Weimar Republic, ↳   Kriegsmarine surface ships and Kriegsmarine in general, ↳   Luftwaffe air units and Luftwaffe in general, ↳   German Strategy & General German Military Discussion, ↳   NSDAP, other party organizations & Government, ↳   The Ron Klages Panzer & other vehicles Section, ↳   Panzer & other vehicles - Photo threads, ↳   Axis Documents, Feldpost numbers, Postcards & Other Paper Items, ↳   The United Kingdom & its Empire and Commonwealth 1919-45, ↳   The Allies and the Neutral States in general, ↳   German Colonies and Overseas Expeditions, ↳   The end of the Ottoman Empire 1908-1923, ↳   Translation help: Breaking the Sound Barrier. ", destruction of the French Fleet at Mers-el-Kebir, Comité français de la Libération nationale, Provisional Government of the French Republic, / Australia's diplomatic relationships with Vichy: French embassy in Australia, Canada's diplomatic relationships with Vichy: Foreign Affairs Canada, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Foreign_relations_of_Vichy_France&oldid=992835704, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Now we have no Cash, no Hope and no Jobs.... To answer the original question from another perspective... because the Germans literally had a gun at the head of the French in Europe. Vichy France (July 1940–September 1944), France under the regime of Marshal Philippe Petain, from France’s defeat by Nazi Germany to its liberation by the Allies in World War II. In July 1941, the Soviet Union broke off diplomatic relations with Vichy France. Post by michael mills » 19 May 2012, 02:43 When the Germans first moved into the Unoccupied Zone on 11 November 1942, the order to deploy into divisional redoubts was given by, I think, the deputy chief of staff, and movements began. That highlighted Syria as a threat to British interests in the Middle East. The british navy had some battles against the fleet of Vichy but mostly because they supported the axis with ressources or supplies. This was not enough security for Winston Churchill, who feared that the French fleet could wind up in German hands and be used against British ships, which were vital to maintaining worldwide shipping and communications. Hopefully others will have something to contribute. Currently, the division between Vichy France and Free France is handled by creating a civil war in France and Germany puppeting the fascist side. – Tea Drinker Jan 14 '14 at 15:52. 888 Words 4 Pages The French Resistance (La Résistance française) was a collaboration of individual movements against the German occupation of France and the Vichy regime that complied with the Nazis during World War II. 10 years ago. I'd heard fragments about the plans, including a French general who attempted to execute a occupation of Bourdeux in November 1942. Relevance. The refusal of Gabon to change sides led to the Battle of Gabon between Free and Vichy forces, and it was soon after also under Free French control. Post by michael mills » 19 May 2012, 02:43 When the Germans first moved into the Unoccupied Zone on 11 November 1942, the order to deploy into divisional redoubts was given by, I think, the deputy chief of staff, and movements began. The Vichy French fought the allies in Africa, Syria, and even Madagascar. 1. In June 1940, the Fall of France obviously made the French hold on Indochina tenuous. Think of it as similar to the invasion of Kuwait in 1991, "Desert Storm", … This was however not the end for the French Air Force. The plan called for installing Free French forces under General Charles de Gaulle in Dakar. Historically, neither side had much of an idea how … 0. Last but not least being in the Vichy camp didn't sit well with everyone and there's a big difference between paying lip service to the idea that a part of France was unoccupied and that's what you were loyal to and actually joining the Axis to fight against the Allies. President Roosevelt and Secretary of State Cordell Hull hoped to use American influence to encourage those elements in the Vichy government opposed to military collaboration with Germany. The soldiers themselves were French, but were wearing the nazi insignia, and fought alongside the Germans in every theatre of war. Pétain spent four years in Vichy and after the Allied invasion … – Tea Drinker Jan 14 '14 at 15:57. by Sid Guttridge » 08 May 2012, 12:54, Post Because he had little choice. Due to this, Germany will lose a … The … Christofferson, Thomas R., and Michael S. Christofferson: Rossi, Mario: "United States Military Authorities and Free France, 1942-1944. [8] Darlan was assassinated on 24 December 1942 and so Washington turned again towards Giraud, who was made High Commissioner of French North and West Africa. After the Allied landings in French North Africa - in November, 1942 the Führer's order for us to advance into the unoccupied part of France was prompted by his conviction that the Allies would go on from Africa to invade southern France. As a result, Madagascar was invaded by British and Commonwealth forces. The Cremieux decree, which granted French citizenship to Jews in Algeria and which had been repealed by Vichy, was immediately restored by General de Gaulle. Hitler put strong pressure on Vichy France to declare was on the Allies and promised substantial rewards if they did so including rearmament and release of prisoners of war. While many of the French government officials may have been willing to sacrifice the remaining safety of their fellow French in Europe, which often included their families, they were not willing to do so without a strong prospect of victory. The result was shock and resentment towards Britain within the French Navy, and by the general French public. In October 1940, the military forces of Thailand initiated border skirmishes across the border with Indochina, which escalated into Franco-Thai War. In March 1941, Bogomolov was promoted to Soviet Ambassador to France. French General Henri Giraud was slipped out of Vichy France, offered the post of commander in chief of French forces in North Africa after the invasion. President The Vichy regime, proclaimed by Marshal Philippe Pétain after the Fall of France in 1940 before Nazi Germany, was quickly recognized by the Allies, as well as by the USSR, until 30 June 1941 and Operation Barbarossa.However, Vichy France broke with the United Kingdom after the destruction of the French Fleet at Mers-el-Kebir.Canada maintained diplomatic relations until the occupation of Southern France … In case some bad guys take a member of your family hostage and the SWAT team "invades" your home the save and liberate the member of your family so the situation was similar during the invasion of Normandy when France could not do much about the Germans occupying it's territory so the allied forces "invaded " France" and gradually liberated it from the oppression of the German forces! I depend on what you call “the French”. The Allies discussed their general strategy for the war, and recognized joint leadership of North Africa by Giraud and de Gaulle. The idea that Vichy France was just a puppet state is a myth of post-war France. Had Khalkin Gol happened during Barbarossa I'm pretty sure it would have escalated into a full blown conflict. by Carl Schwamberger » 11 May 2012, 05:28, Post Germany and France fighting a defensive war against the Soviets is about the only thing what could create a real alliance between Germany and France. Even so, the Free France headquarters in London was riven with internal divisions and jealousies. After Darlan signed an armistice with the Allies and took power in North Africa, Germany invaded Vichy France on 10 November 1942 (operation code-named Case Anton), triggering the scuttling of the French fleet in Toulon. In November 1942, the Allies landed in French North Africa (Operation Torch). This lasted until December 1942. [4], Vichy France continued to maintain relations with the Republic of China government led by Chiang Kai-shek—exiled to Chongqing in the Chinese interior after the fall of the capital Nanjing to the Japanese in 1937. Barely two weeks later, the Germans invaded the then-unoccupied zone of metropolitan France and ordered the complete dissolution of the Vichy French armed forces on 1 December 1942. Dec 6, 2020 #44 McPherson. The Free French instead set their sights on French Equatorial Africa, which, with the exception of French Gabon, peacefully changed sides. As the US ambassador Admirial Leahey was told 'If you come with three divisions we will fight you, if you come with twenty we will welcome you'. This will probably lead up to a painful steamrolling of France by Germany. Hitler was pleasantly surprised with the Vichy French defense and allowed the Vichy Armistice Army limit to be increased. The conflict was settled with Japanese mediation on 9 May 1941, with French Indochina losing territory to Thailand. 5,668 Vichy French soldiers defected to the Free French and the armistice agreement led to the repatriation of 37,563 military and civilian personnel back to France. In the early stages of East African Campaign in 1940, constant border skirmishes occurred between the forces in French Somaliland and the forces in Italian East Africa. This left the Vichy French with only a number of obsolete models. Considering how explosive anti-Nazi sentiment was after their liberation (rape and humiliation of Nazi sympathizers), it blows my mind how the puppet government could find troops to essentially fight FOR their historical rivals that had just destroyed their country. [3], Canada maintained full diplomatic relations with the Vichy Regime, until the full German occupation of the country in the beginning of November 1942. US General Mark W. Clark of the combined Allied command signed a deal with Admiral Darlan on 22 November 1942 a deal in which the Allies recognized Darlan, as high commissioner for North and West Africa. Re: Why did Vichy France fight the allies? Otherwise there were a lot of Alsatians … by Sid Guttridge » 11 May 2012, 13:07, Post Roosevelt and Churchill accepted Darlan, rather than de Gaulle, as the French leader in North Africa. However France broke with the United Kingdom after the destruction of the French Fleet at Mers-el-Kebir. Of course from an allied point of view they were considered as freedom fighters and they were welcomed under their own colours , as part of Monty's army in North Africa or fighting with the Americans (1st Free French armored Division in Alsace for instance) . I understand why the Vichy government in Metropolitan France opposed the Allies (at least publicly) but why did French colonies like Madagascar fight back? The allies were surprised by the Vichy garrison to defense of the colony, having expected them to change side without opposition. The Roosevelt administration was notably cool, if not hostile, to de Gaulle, especially resenting his refusal to cooperate in the Normandy invasion of 6 June 1944 (Operation Overlord). The Vichy navy was very large and Hitler was worried that it could fall into the hands of the Free French it could be used to attack German occupied France or Italy. In March 1940, the Soviet Ambassador to France, Yakov Surits, had been declared persona non grata in his host country. In March 1945, after mainland France had been liberated and the war situation looking increasingly grim for the Japanese, they staged a coup d'état in French Indochina and dissolved it, creating puppet states of its constituent parts. British resident minister Harold Macmillan brought together de Gaulle and Giraud, disparate personalities and quite hostile to each other, to serve as co-chairmen of the Committee of National Liberation. by waldzee » 08 May 2012, 16:07, Post Wasn't it the attack on the French fleet anchored in Mers El Khebir (Operation Catapult) , taking the life of 1250+ French sailors, which turned French citizens into "Anti-British" ? Discussions on all aspects of France during the Inter-War era and Second World War. When both France and Vichy France have been liberated by the allies, can there be an option for the allied player to transfer control of the Vichy portion from the UK to France? in world war 2 did the vichy french ever fight the free french? Steve. They are some intresting thoughts. In June 1941, the next flashpoint between Britain and Vichy France came when a revolt in Iraq was put down by British forces. … ... April, and May 1940. [14], Giraud took part in the Casablanca conference, with Roosevelt, Churchill and de Gaulle, in January 1943. This somewhat disappointed De'Gaulle, who had expected more to defect to his side. Indeed - and also...French colonial authorities and their respective military commanders had a greater degree of independent action than, say, a period. The branch was soon split into two camps: those who escaped from France and joined the Free French Forces (Forces Françaises Libres) and those who stayed and flew for the French Armistice Air Force on behalf of the Vichy government. Consequently, Force H opened fire on the French ships, killing 1,297 French military personnel, including nearly 1,000 French sailors when the Bretagne blew up. Vichy France was established during WW2 by the German occupational army it was a puppet government set up and controlled by the Nazis during WW2. Recruiting was a failure & the formation was never more than a glorified company, which did fight in Tunisia. The United States granted Vichy full diplomatic recognition, sending Admiral William D. Leahy to France as American ambassador. Update: and i mean french vs french (vichy) (Free) Answer Save. Post Yes, but the idea was that the invasion of Vichy Colonies would result in Petain and the Vichy French people rallying behind war, as well as an alliance with Germany as they would be seen fighting for the same cause. The armistice after Germany defeated France in June 1940, included numerous provisions, all largely guaranteed by the German policy of keeping 2 million French prisoners of war in Germany, effectively as hostages. It was agreed that the Free French would be explicitly excluded from the operation, due to tensions which had arisen from French forces fighting each other in Syria previously. The Bombing of France 1939 - 1945. Free France and its Free French Forces (French: France Libre et les Forces françaises libres) was the government-in-exile led by Charles de Gaulle during the Second World War, and its military forces, that continued to fight against the Axis powers as an Allied nation, following the Fall of France.Set up in London in June 1940, it organised and supported the Resistance in Occupied France, and established … During the war, Vichy France conducted military actions against armed incursions from Axis and Allied belligerents, an example of armed neutrality. by murx » 11 May 2012, 10:46, Post This seemingly subservient behavior convinced the regime of Major-General Plaek Pibulsonggram, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, that Vichy France would not seriously resist a confrontation with Thailand. As a result, 12 air force and 11 navy pilots lost their lives in the final four days of combat between (Vichy) France and the Allies during World War II. To what extent did the French Resistance assist in the allies liberation of France? It was an independent ally of Nazi Germany however that was a small part and the majority of the French fought the Nazis throughout their occupation of France . stolen), and a special Jewish Affair service was created, directed by Pierre Gazagne. Almost all died at the hands of the Allies, not the Germans. Canada maintained diplomatic relations until the occupation of Southern France (Case Anton) by Germany and Italy in November 1942. In fact many governments had full relations with Vichy for much of the war. Germany wanted food, minerals, and industrial productions, as well as volunteers to work in German factories. by michael mills » 08 May 2012, 04:50, Post [6], The American position towards Vichy France and de Gaulle was especially hesitant and inconsistent. by Sid Guttridge » 11 May 2012, 13:11. After all, France had signed an armistice with Adolf Hitler on June 22, 1940, within weeks of being overrun by German soldiers. The Government of Vichy France was the collaborationist ruling regime or government in Nazi-occupied France during the Second World War.Of contested legitimacy, it was headquartered in the town of Vichy in occupied France, but it initially took shape in Paris under Maréchal Philippe Petain as the successor to the French Third Republic in June 1940. On October 22, 1940, Pierre Laval met with Hitler to set up a meeting on October 24 between Hitler and Pétain. Giraud became Darlan's successor in French Africa with Allied support. Vichy France was recognised by most Axis and neutral powers, including the US and the USSR. Various terms were offered to the French squadron, but all were rejected. A condition of the armistice (22 June 1940), was that France would retain the French Navy, the Marine Nationale, under strict conditions. 2 0. But the operation is often viewed as an unnecessary diversion of British naval resources away from more vital theatres of operation. Or sources? Admittedly it was also badly botched by Free French/British. Lv 7. It ended in a much-publicized handshake between the two, but in fact their discussions had been entirely general and no decisions had been made. Hitler was impressed with Petain's commitment to defend the French Empire. The French fought the Allies in North Africa in November 1942, but never saw real conflict before Vichy France was taken over by the Allies in 1944. From 5 May to 6 November 1942, another major operation by British forces against Vichy French territory was launched, the Battle of Madagascar. France was divided into two zones: one under German military occupation and one left to … At some beaches, the Vichy French refused to fight the Allies and joined them. After Vichy France was created, did the French soldiers fight against the Allies? Last but not least being in the Vichy camp didn't sit well with everyone and there's a big difference between paying lip service to the idea that a part of France was unoccupied and that's what you were loyal to and actually joining the Axis to fight against the Allies. Board index The Allies & the Neutral States France 1919-1945; Vichy French soldiers at Normandy. Operation Menace was a plan to capture the strategic port of Dakar in French West Africa, which was under the control of the Vichy French. General Henri Giraud had switched from Vichy to the Allies and Roosevelt found him a preferable alternative to de Gaulle. There was also Dakar which was an emphatic victory for Vichy France fighting hard against the Allies. Sid... thanks. After very difficult negotiations, Giraud agreed to suppress the racist laws, and to liberate Vichy prisoners of the South Algerian concentration camps. 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