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Each arrest or discovered operation in occupied Europe could then make Dalton and SOE look more and more foolish and futile. But Gubbins’s belief that coordination with conventional forces was key to partisan activities nicely matched Allied needs. It was a historic moment in the history of twentieth-century partisan warfare. The SOE was now led by a man who believed that the best way to use a fifth column centered on its participating with the other “four columns” of conventional forces in a highly coordinated way.
N ˜ President Roosevelt finally agreed to meet Charles de Gaulle. This was only their second meeting during the war, and it occurred far too late to solve Eisenhower’s dilemma. Preparing him with an impromptu discussion just moments before their private discussion was Major General William Donovan and Colonel Joseph Haskell, with files full of photos of air dropped supplies and information on the role the French resistance was playing in France’s liberation. S. Army. n ˜ British Lieutenant Colonel Dudley G.
In other words, the nature of guerrilla warfare is inherently offensive. That attribute, combined with the specter in British memory of First World War casualties despite monumental national efforts, made British leaders loath, throughout the entirety of the Second World War, to open up another western front for fear of the same costly futility. Therefore, when the French fell to the Germans in the dark days of June 1940, and indeed even after America’s entry into the war, when hopes of victory brightened, the indirect quality of partisan warfare seemed a method Britain could use, along with strategic bombing, as they both offered an offensive action against the enemy while avoiding British fears of First World War–like stagnation and death.