This Book Tells For The First Time The Full Story Of One Of The Most Tragic, Yet One Of The Least Remembered Conflicts Of The Second World War After The Fall Of France, Britain Was Effectively At War With Her Great European Ally, Beside Whom She Had Until Very Recently Been Fighting And With Whom She Still She Believed Shared A Common Purpose This Book Illuminates The Dilemma In Which The Ministers Of The Vichy French Government Found Themselves Duty Impelled Their Loyalty To A Sham Government, Common Sense Told Them Or Should Have Told Them Otherwise So One Of Its Themes Is The Desperate No Man S Land Between Necessary Collaboration And True Betrayal, A Policy Which Some Members Of The Vichy Governments, Believing As They Did That The Allies Were Doomed, Did Not Hesitate To Follow Warren Tute Entered The Navy In 1932 And Served On HMS Ajax And On The Staffs Of General Eisenhower And Lord Mountbatten, And Who Was Present At Some Of The Events Which He Describes In This Book The Narrative Is Peopled With Sketches Of The Main Participants, And Communicates The Authentic Flavour Of The Tragic Confrontation Of Erstwhile Allies Was It All The Result Of An Accidental Arrangement Of Historical Circumstances Or Was It, In Some Mysterious Way, A Final Conflict With Our Historic Enemy Across The Channel, The Last Armed Clash Between The Gallic And The Anglo Saxon Temperaments Everyone Who Reads This Book Will Be Able To Make Up His Or Her Own Mind, And Will Leave It With A Reinforced Impression Of The Responsibilities And Decisions Decisions To Which There May Be No Right Answers Which Are Forced On Individuals In Time Of War.
Warren Tute was born in County Durham in 1914 He entered the Navy in 1932, retiring in 1946, a career which included service on Earl Mountbatten s staff and a part in North African, Sicilian, and Normandy landings After the war he was under contract to the late Ted Kavanagh of ITMA fame, writing for radio and television.Over 30 of his works have been published World sales of his books were well over the million, the most successful of his novels being The Rock, The Cruiser, Leviathan, The Golden Greek and The AdmiralAt London Weekend Television he was Head of Scripts and originated The Commanding Sea television series for the BBC and co authored the book with Clare Francis.
- 334 pages
- The Reluctant Enemies: The War Between Britain and France, 1940-42
- Warren Tute
- 21 September 2018 Warren Tute