chapter  14
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The Cruise of the Richelieu, 25–26 June

As these indications of waning determination in the colonies were arriving, a melodrama was opening off West Africa. Containing all the unfortunate elements which had dogged the previous week’s affairs and which were to persist thereafter – slow communications, poor intelligence, political interference in professional matters and, above all, misunderstood intentions – it was to cause utter confusion and consternation in the London and Bordeaux Admiralties.1