Wednesday, May 12, 2010

PBS airs documentary of little known attack by Churchill on the French fleet in 1940

PBS has a series called “Secrets of the Dead” which has the tone of a History Channel program. On May 12, PBS aired “Churchill’s Deadly Decision”, about a relatively little known (now) episode in 1940 (called Operation Catapult) where Winston Churchill, after several warnings, destroyed part of the French fleet to keep it from falling into the hands of the Nazis. Even FDR was afraid that Nazi control of the continent leading to control of Britain and its Navy could eventually mean the end of US democracy. The link for the film is here.

Wikipedia has an article on the Attack on Mers-el-Kebir, which resulted in more French Naval deaths than did any action by the Nazis, here.

The documentary is written and directed by Richard Bond.

Wikipedia attribution link for Toulon Memorial plaque

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