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
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