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