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Communities, circumstances and choices

one of the characters, the rather seedy and paedophile uncle, in Mary Wesley’s wartime novel The Camomile Lawn remarks how he saw de Gaulle that morning, and had saluted him, this was far from fiction.46 The general was a familiar sight in metropolitan life, and quickly become enmeshed in the British legend of a heroic and steadfast nation determined to resist the German onslaught at whatever cost. ‘Good old de Gaulle’, cried workers when he visited a munitions factory.47 As the populist newspaper the Daily Sketch observed in imagery that might well have appealed to

in The forgotten French