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First of all, is the forum being weird?
I wasn't logged in and the pictures were so tiny-yyyy, now I logged and they have a normal size?
Someone knows what's going on? lol
I'd just chalk it up as yet another piece of the general weirdness that comes with the new update, honestly.

Again, hope all is going well with you and yours :)
 
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Chapter VIII: Unexpected developments. (Part II)

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Chapter VIII: Unexpected developments. (Part II)
"Most of wars or military coups or invasions are done in the name of democracy against democracy." - Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan journalist.

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Algeria's Struggle. - Augustine Blanchet.

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The month of June started with a battle at the city French city of Orleansville, which had been renamed to Al-Asnam after the Algerian Liberation Front took it, after securing their control at Oran by April. The French Army got the upperhand, after armoured divisions from Algiers joined the fight as well.
The numerous failures against the Algerian Liberation Front proved to be shocking to the French government, numerous divisions had surrendered to the Algerians after making successful landings back into the colony. However, these landings were eventually beaten back by the Algerian fighters and important amounts of French soldiers ended up being POW's of the ALF. The immediate consequence of such huge victories (and humilliating defeats for France) was straining the logistic lines of the rebels, after all, they now had to at least maintain them in acceptable conditions, believing that failing to do so would spark not just French outrage but also a response from the International Community that could lead to complications regarding their public image.

Raoul Salan, the French general commanding the situation at Algeria was angry at the situation taking place and he pressured the government to act by sending even more troops. His original focus had been on placing army garrisons on different sectors of the country in an attempt to suppress the guerrilla movements and terrorist attacks behind the French lines, but when the situation got worse he eventually changed the pace of the conflict. By May the country launched a stronger offensive which ended up with the retaking of Oran and other cities in the region, however, this came at a great cost since the army garrisons left their positions to support the frontline; basically leaving their rear open to terrorist and guerilla attacks.

Al-Asnam had been ignored in the initial Algerian advance, but when Oran fell and Algiers was threatened by the ALF they chose to move against the French garrisons at the city: being cut off from the rest of the armed forces severely damaged the morale of the defenders. Once Al-Asnam fell, the Algerians disarmed the garrison and quickly started to fortify the city, digging trenches and preparing chokepoints in several alleys and streets of the city for the time the French tried to take it back. What the local commander failed to foresee was that the French Army would come from two directions at once, deploying tanks and armoured cars to flank the defenders which were already heavily demoralized by that point.


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After the French Army took back Al-Asnam they quickly reverted the name back to Orleansville, they proceeded to arrest en masse those Algerians possessing weapons and sent them towards Algiers. The fighting would've been a huge success for the defenders if they had been morally stronger, since many of the defences were even intact when the surrender order came from the local commander. Chokepoints unused that otherwise would have been lethal for the French foot soldiers or armoured cars.
After the French took back Orleansville, general Salan was decided to keep crushing the Algerian will to fight and their revolutionary spirit. He ordered the forces present at Tlemcen to launch an offensive against El Bayadh (renamed by the ALF, the city had the French name of Geryville) with support from some of the armoured cars and tanks that took back Orleansville. The offensive began and even though the defenders had many advantages, especially the terrain, the fast assault proved to be a complete surprise for the Algerian soldiers that were also severely outnumbered.

It's ironic, despite the successes that the French Army was collecting now, the unrest within France was still high enough. Since the war started being more bloody and fierce the left had organized protests, minor or major, through months generating a strong opposition to the war. Meanwhile, the right elements of the French political scenario were angry at the situation, having lost Indochina entirely to the Communists, being humilliated by Nasser and the Soviet Union and now having lost countless numbers of soldiers after numerous surrenders, they didn't stop their attacks against the government and some sectors of the population also started to sway to the right. The situation went worse after the ALF launched a new terrorist attack at Algiers which left Raoul Salan quite injured, he survived but he was left in state of coma.

However, before it happened, a new amphibious assault had been planned against the Algerian Forces at Annaba (previously named Bona, the ALF started renaming the cities after they successfully took Oran, feeling that victory was more than certain) and it proved to be a huge success. That part of the front had been mismanaged by the Algerians, due to the big amounts of French soldiers that had been captured due to failed landings or strong offensives that managed to break the French defenders the Algerian supply lines were dealing with a huge burden. And most of the ammunition and fresh volunteers were sent towards the western side of Algeria in an attempt to slow down or completely stop the French offensive. Therefore, when an aircraft assault started destroying the weakened supply lines for the Algerian soldiers at Bona, panic became widespread.


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With the heavy air support along naval one and the huge strength of the assault, which included medium and light tanks, along self-propelled artillery and tank destroyers, the firepower was the main advantage of the French Army which used it entirely to crush the Algerian morale, making it collapse and inflicting huge casualties by the end of the last battle of Bona; the city fell, the Algerians expelled or captured, some POW's recovered and the city named back to Bona.
The final battle of Bona lasted three days, ending by June 19th with a crushing French victory. It was clear that the French Forces had recovered and adapted to the nature of the conflict, being capable of crushing now the Algerian Liberation Front which started to have internal divisions due to the failures of the last month. Some of the most Communist-leaning elements of this United Front insisted that directly asking the Soviet Union for assistance was the only way to end the conflict favourably for the Algerians, they felt that only through Soviet support would they be able to achieve real independence from France. However, the majority of the ALF was integrated by nationalists who weren't willing either to lean so much towards the Soviet Union; they saw Nasser as an example of both, good things and bad, being his dependence on the Soviet Union as a bad one. (An idea that would later became known by Nasser)

Meanwhile, the situation was not much better for France either.

The mounting casualties, the economic deficit due to the war, continuous protests and the attacks made by the conservatives were causing huge unrest against the French government, something well known by the Algerians as well. The two enemies were at the breaking point already, for the ALF their unity was collapsing and it threaten to weaken even more their defences against the French as they had also lost important cities and territories, while the French government was going through a huge political unrest. Therefore, with Raoul Salan (the most vocal supporter of the war by this point) in coma and the situation turning more complex with each passing day, both sides agreed to a ceasefire on June 18th, 1957.


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The government lacked the will to continue fighting at Algeria, they desired to negotiate an end to it after agreeing to a mutual ceasefire in order to end the hostilities that had been going on since 1954, however, the ceasefire also proved to be the straw that broke the camel's back, the French Army and the right-wing elements of society were so angry at this.
All the events that France had gone through since the decade started had been a painful reminder of the current state of the country, it was no longer the great power it had been once, Vietnamese peasants, a mere Egyptian officer and now the Algerian guerrillas had been humilliating the country. And now, there was huge unrest within the country, threatening not just to leave Algeria in the same pathethic fashion they had left Indochina, but now there were new fears as well, the government was spineless and cowardly; at least that was the perception of this group of men, they felt the country was on the verge of collapse, that they only had to blink to find a new Communist regime in Paris sponsored by the Soviet Union and they were certainly against it.

However, as much as they hated the spineless government they also knew the chaos that France would have to go through if they were to act just like that. They needed a popular figure to rally the entire nation behind and they all knew who this was, they all agreed that there was only one man capable of saving France from decadence, from the humilliation but most importantly; from Communism. So, two days after the agreed ceasefire was started, a group of Algerian generals along the former Governor General Jacques Soustelle launched a coup in Algiers and seized the power in the bleeding colony; they called for the formation of a Government of Public Safety led by general de Gaulle, hero of France.

With Raoul Salan still unconscious, the main generals present at Algiers chose to form a Committee of Public Safety (which would eventually receive the name of the French Triumvirate) integrated by Jacques Massu, Edmond Jouhaud and Jean Gracieux, with Jacques Massu as the leader of the Triumvirate that now ruled Algeria. He was quick to announce his support for de Gaulle and insisted that the army had provisionally taken the responsability of French Algeria for the time being, a day later Charles de Gaulle asserted in a press conference that he was willing to serve his country and was ready to assume the powers of the Republic, reassuring as well that his intentions were just to bring order and not a dictatorship.

The next day, due to the lack of an answer from the government, the French paratroopers from Algeria launched an operation and landed on Corsica by aircraft, taking the island in a bloodless operation that would became known as "Operation Corse". After that, Jacques Massu, leader of the Committee of Public Safety announced once again that the current state of affairs would only end when Charles de Gaulle was recognized as president of France and allowed into the government in Paris. The situation was turning tense with each passing hour or day, with the French government knowing that they had few options left if they wanted to avoid the explosion of the country which had already gone through a lot of unrest in the months before; so, they did what seemed as the best option, they called de Gaulle to accept the demands from the army.


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Charles de Gaulle had been contacted and informed about the situation, the government was willing to accept the demands from the Committee of Public Safety, however, June 23rd would prove to be a tragic day for France as a whole, he was going to be driven to the parliament when a pedestrian suddenly shot him several times with a Makarov pistol that was left in the crime scene.
The presence of the Makarov pistol was enough proof for the conservative elements in France and for those at Algiers and Corsica as well, Operation Resurrection was meant to just be launched in case that de Gaulle asked for military support in Paris, the Communists attempted to take the government or the government refused to cede the power to Charles de Gaulle. But this situation was so unexpected and when Jacques Massu received the news from France he saw what would happen to the country if he didn't act, he felt that it was a Communist conspiration against the nation and therefore, he gave the green light for the paratroopers that now counted with the armoured forces based at Rambouillet.

By June 24th, Paris had been taken by the military forces, quickly dispersing the protests, dissolving the government, proclaiming the martial law and outlawing every political party for the time being. Jacques Massu announced that any Communist attempt to "destroy France and her people, shall fail as long as we are here to protect our nation and avenge general de Gaulle", relations with the Soviet Union were finished and each country withdraw their ambassador, in just a few days the relations between France and the Soviet Union had been broken with tensions starting within NATO due to the new French stance regarding the Soviet Union.

The new French government, more interested in foreign issues and domestic anti-communism kept the same stances regarding European integration or cooperation, while also asserting that any Communist involvement within Europe would be punished. Even though the government didn't recognize the ceasefire with the ALF, hostilities didn't restart while the French Triumvirate consolidated their position in the power. The new regime was quickly recognized by Portugal and Spain: the Cold War had just taken an unexpected turn and several countries would feel it eventually.


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The new French government after the Algerian Coup of 1957.

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Hi everyone!
Here it is, after a long, long, long time! (Apologies)

This update is focused on France and the Algerian War, I know it may be a bit short, but I couldn't find a way to introduce the other two events that I've got to cover in this chapter. One takes place in Asia and the other one at America, you'll certainly find them quite interesting!

I hope you are all staying safe, taking care and having good health.
I hope you all enjoy the update. :)
 
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I had a feeling de Gaulle would come into the picture eventually -- but that didn't quite go the way I was expecting, honestly. The hardliners have just been handed the one thing that will transform them from traitors into heroes, at least in the eyes of the French public (for a time) -- a martyr.
 
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I had a feeling de Gaulle would come into the picture eventually -- but that didn't quite go the way I was expecting, honestly. The hardliners have just been handed the one thing that will transform them from traitors into heroes, at least in the eyes of the French public (for a time) -- a martyr.
Believe me, I was so surprised as well haha.
I made the events considering several things, "A day like any other?" event has that option and another one (with higher chance) that is called "A charming day, isn't it?", it basically continues with the demands of the army and it leads to accepting de Gaulle as president (OTL) or refusing, if France refused the army had two options, Support de Gaulle or not and if Operation Resurrection took place de Gaulle took power (slightly more radical way than OTL, but still having democracy) and if they stood down (lower chance) the government kept going as usual.

It was a headache to get this ideas but I thought that I had to consider some interesting scenarios too, so, here we have a dead de Gaulle something that took me by surprise. :p