Britain in Vietnam: Prelude to Disaster, 1945-46 (Military by Peter Neville

By Peter Neville

This e-book is a research of the situations resulting in British intervention in Vietnam in 1945, and the path and effects of this intervention. the 1st a part of the paintings hyperlinks French colonialism with the local communist insurgency, whereas analyzing British and international workplace attitudes in the direction of French Indochina. The research then appears to be like on the key Anglo-American wartime dating relating Indochina and its effect. the second one 1/2 the ebook makes a speciality of the neighborhood difficulties confronted by means of the British in Southern Indochina, and even if commanding normal Douglas Gracey used to be in charge (as critics have steered) of collusion with French colonialism. It additionally examines the broader difficulties associated with on hand army assets, and the arguable problems with the function of the OSS and using eastern troops to maintain legislations and order. ultimately, the booklet makes a groundbreaking hyperlink among British intervention and the outbreak of the French-Vietminh conflict in 1946. Britain in Vietnam should be of curiosity to scholars of British international coverage, army historical past and South-East Asian historical past commonly.

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Certainly, the Vichy arrangement with Japan did assist the Japanese attack on British Malaya, but Decoux and the Vichy administration had little choice but to meet Tokyo’s demands. Decoux’s predecessor Catroux, had tried and failed to get American military assistance, and Decoux himself was no more successful with the British. Neither power was prepared to assist the French in the Japanese-inspired war with the Thais, and for Hull to describe French behaviour as ‘devious’ shows a degree of self-righteous naivety.

This was the sinking of the British steamer Automedon by the German commerce raider Atlantis, which was carrying secret documents to the British Commander-in-Chief, Sir Robert Brooke-Popham, in Singapore. The German ship proceeded to Japan, where a key document was handed over to Japanese Intelligence by the German Naval Attache´ Wennecker. It was a memorandum from the British Chiefs of Staff to the War Cabinet dated 8 August 1940 about the British military and naval outlook in South-East Asia.

But the sudden signing of the notorious Nazi–Soviet pact in August 1939 created further complications. The USSR ceased to be France’s ally, and the popular fronts policy was abandoned, which drove the ICP into a nationalist enclave. Friend became foe almost overnight, and then everything changed again with the Japanese intervention in Indochina in 1940. 2 Japan, Britain and French Indochina In the 1920s and 1930s, Japan was a dissatisfied power. Its great-power status had been demonstrated in dramatic fashion by the victory over Tsarist Russia in 1905, it had already forged an alliance with Great Britain in 1902 and sided with the Entente powers in the First World War.

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