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Free French

 

(La France Libre), until July 1942, the official name of the World War II movement under General C. de Gaulle; its goal was the liberation of France from the fascist German invaders and their minions. In July 1942, as the anti-Hitlerite struggle gained momentum, the Free French took the name “Fighting French” (La France Combattante). The headquarters of the Free French was in London.

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Free French Forces led by General Le Gentilhomme comprising six battalions and a company of tanks.
The British transferred the mandate administration agreed to after World War I, to Free French forces appointing General Catroux as Delegate-General and Plenipotentiary.
But his love of parachuting hasn't diminished and he was thrilled to be given the chance of portraying a French captain of the 50th Free French Forces in the forthcoming series Band of Brothers.
Charles De Gaulle's Free French forces also used the MAS 1936 until reequipped with British and American arms, although many remained in service throughout the war years in France's overseas territories.
Fearing that Vichy would allow the stationing of German forces that could threaten the Suez Canal and Iraqi oil fields, in 1941 British and Free French forces invaded and took control of Syria.
In 1941, fearing that the Vichy authorities would allow Nazi Germany to move aircraft and supplies through Syria to threaten the Suez Canal and the Middle Eastern oil fields, British and Free French forces invaded Syria and Lebanon, which were occupied with little resistance.