England’s Last War Against France charts the story of the undeclared war between Britain and Vichy France, between 1940 and 1942.
The book is divided into four parts, each of several chapters.
Part one starts before the Second World War, covering the background and Anglo-French relations during the First World War and inter-war years.
Smith describes how relations between the two countries soured as the Germans advanced into France. It covers the diplomatic efforts to keep France in the war, and how and why France felt they had been abandoned by their ally.
This part also covers the fate of the French fleet, including the infamous action at Mers-el-Kébir.
Part two covers the campaigns in Africa and the Middle East. This includes actions to take over French Imperial colonies in Africa, Syria, and Iraq.
Part three describes the campaign to conquer the island of Madagascar, and part four covers Operation Torch.
Overall, it’s an interesting book, written in an easy to read style.
Review by Russell Phillips.