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By Jacques Sapir

Et si los angeles France avait continué los angeles guerre en juin 1940 ? Et si le gouvernement français avait continué l. a. lutte contre l’Allemagne hitlérienne depuis l’Afrique du Nord ?

Telles sont les questions posées par cet essai où l’histoire rencontre los angeles fiction à travers une oeuvre romanesque haletante et poignante.

Ainsi prend forme une façon entièrement novatrice de relire et d’étudier l’histoire de l’année 1940, dans tous ses elements : politique, économique, diplomatique et stratégique. Une substitute aux journées tragiques de juin à décembre 1940 se dessine alors, le contraste entre le attainable et le réel n’ayant qu’un seul yet : montrer que l. a. décision de demander un armistice n’était en rien inéluctable.

Voici le récit d’une histoire qui n’a pas été, mais qui aurait pu être.

« Un récit maîtrisé et plein de suspense, un exercice intellectuel stimulant ponctué de features d’humour. » L’Express
« Une ‘‘uchronie” aussi sérieuse qu’excitante.
» Libération

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US Navy) BELOW, RIGHT Japanese kamikaze planes could create tremendous damage, and their potential use was of great concern to Allied planners. The USS Randolph sustained a single suicide aircraft hit on 11 March 1945 causing the considerable damage shown here. (DOD) through the limited number of mountain passes and then drive northwards. Once American units had cleared southern Kyushu, American engineers could build airfields and use Kagoshima Bay as a major naval base and port for further operations against the largest of the Japanese home islands, Honshu.

The Allied incendiary bombing missions had already severely damaged several large japanese cities, with thousands of civilians incinerated. Grove's Targeting Committee used several criteria to choose sites. The target had to have strategic value to the japanese and be located between Tokyo and Nagasaki; the target had to have a large urban area at least three miles in diameter; and it had to be relatively untouched by previous USAAF bombings - ironically spared for potential atomic destruction at a later date.

4. Radar navigation system used, 0840hrs. 5. Bomb away, 0915hrs. 6. Enola Gay reaches Iwo Jima, 1243hrs. 7. Tibbets reaches Tinian, 1458hrs. All times are based on local Tinian time. ® :. cfbkinawa Volcano Iwo Jima Islands@ PHILIPPINE SEA p t • 0 Yap ~~uss ~/' © Indianapolis ~ "Q • . NoIlClUf ABOVE, LEFT The USS Indianapolis carried key Little Boy components to Tinian. After they had been delivered, the ship was sunk by a Japanese submarine with great loss of life. (US Navy) ABOVE, RIGHT The Enola Gay crew just before take-off.

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