chapter  17
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29 June

It was therefore essential that the French fleet should be brought under British control or sunk and, with this object, a force was being concentrated at Gibraltar for action at Oran:

The War Cabinet Minutes for 27 June, the day that Churchill had talked of a ‘Copenhagen-style’ operation, had not recorded the telling point about the French retaining their ships under the armistice terms but the ministers had decided on offering ‘non-violent options’ before,

and shortly afterwards, Somerville had been briefed for his command by Pound himself.8