Éboué and the Adherence of French Equatorial Africa to de Gaulle’s Movement, 1940
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Éboué and the Adherence of French Equatorial Africa to de Gaulle’s Movement, 1940

Dominique Chathuant
Sunday 15 January 2017

Quoted from Brian Weinstein: Eboué, New-York, Oxford University Press, 1972, pp. 233-57. Probably the best analysis of this particular moment for Éboué. I particularly wish to thank Brian Weinstein for offering me a copy in 2000 or 2001 since the book was no longer available in bookshops. For various reasons, writing of a French version was made impossible due to the material used: many of the French primary sources translated in English have been destroyed by moisture.

Brian Weinstein: Eboué, New-York, Oxford University Press, 1972.

Most colonial officials in Africa had not heard the appeal of De Gaulle, and they did not know who he was anyway [...] But immediately after 18 June most governors and military men in Africa expressed a determination to continue the war [...] On 23 June Eboué telegraphed his response to one British message: “very happy to receive your message. I want you to know that resolution to continue the war on the side of Great Britain is certain but before taking action I must wait for the directives from Governor General [...]

On 8 July [...] (Eboué believed) that (Governor General) Boisson might decide to continue the fight [...] Boisson [...] said publicly that the group of colonies could not continue the war [...] On 20 July Boisson arrived in plane in Fort Lamy. [...] According to one account, at least one man wanted to shoot Boisson ; according to another, some urged Eboué to arrest him [...] General de Gaulle and the British in London formally agreed that the French leader would proceed with the constitution of a French force consisting of volunteers [...] The British guaranteed to provide this force with the same equipment used by their own armies [...] De Gaulle sent three men on a mission to Africa on 5 August. They were Commandant Leclerc [...] René Pleven [...] de Larminat [...] and Colonna d’Ornano [...]

On 26 August the European population was

Par Dominique Chathuant

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