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By M. Alexander, W. Philpott

This number of essays stories the politico-military courting among Britain and France among the 2 global Wars. in addition to interpreting the connection among the 2 countries' armed providers, the book's participants additionally examine key issues in Anglo-French inter-war defence politics - disarmament, intelligence and imperial defence - and joint army, political and financial arrangements for a moment international conflict.

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17 At the actual signing of the armistice on board a British battleship the French were not present, and in March 1920 it was an exclusively British force, of 3,600 sailors, that landed to occupy Constantinople as a preliminary to the The Royal Navy and the Marine Nationale, 1918–39 33 imposition of a peace treaty. The local French naval commander, Admiral de Bon, attempted to use his limited resources to create links with Turkish educational and commercial institutions. He also warned of the dangers to all foreigners, including members of the numerous French community, posed by the arrival of Greek troops in Smyrna [Izmir], which had been authorized by the Allied governments at Versailles.

See Bell, Entente and Estrangement, pp. 113–65; D. Johnson, ‘The Locarno Treaties’, in Waites, Troubled Neighbours, pp. 100–24. Report by Col. T. G. G. Heywood (British military attaché, Paris) on a conversation with the French minister for war, 9 April 1935, PRO, FO 371/18800/C3080/227/17. See Bell, Entente and Estrangement, pp. 168–83; C. Kitching, ‘The search for Disarmament: Anglo-French Relations, 1929–1934’, in Sharp and Stone, Anglo-French Relations, pp. 158–79; D. Richardson, ‘The Geneva Disarmament Conference, 1932–34’, in D.

In Britain by this time, each armed service was appraising its most likely opponent. The army was equipping itself as a colonial army to oppose a Soviet incursion into India. The Royal Navy resented American strength but its more serious strategists were looking ahead to Japan. The newly formed Royal Air Force was, however, vociferously pointing with much exaggeration at France and her growing air force. 4 If this proved impossible, then French power should be checked by ensuring that Italy would form an effective counter-balance.

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