Liberation, July 1945–March 1946

Part of the Global Conflict and Security since 1945 book series (GCON)


The Potsdam Conference charged Britain with ALF duties in Southern French Indo-China. It would be a mistake to blame the British ALF Commander, Major-General Gracey, for the complex nature of the events that unfolded during these duties in Saigon. Britain did not unilaterally restore the French in Indo-China. The ALF inherited not just the anarchic birth pangs of Vietnamese nationalism in Saigon, but also the responsibility in Indo-China south of the 16th parallel for the release of Allied prisoners of war, the surrender and evacuation of Japanese forces, the security of French nationals, law and order, a Cambodian-Siamese border dispute, and a potential famine. The US was also responsible along with Britain for the transportation and equipping of French forces for their return to Indo-China.


Chinese Communist Party Dispute Territory 16th Parallel Power Vacuum British Policy 
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