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BWilson

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The New Hebrides in the Second World War
Posted on: 3/1/2017 1:33:56 PM
 Not something often written about.


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The New Hebrides Condominium comprised of a joint court ruled over by a Spanish judge who spoke neither French nor English, a Dutch registrar and completely dual functioning bureaucracies. In real terms it meant passing through two sets of Customs on arrival, dealing with two law systems based on quite different principles, two jails (the French served wine), two hospitals, two....well, two of everything. It was grossly inefficient, incredibly costly in Bureaucratic terms and totally ridiculous in the eyes of the world. Towards the end of it's life, Vanuatu was effectively ruled by the head's of state of Britain and France, the British Queen and the French President. Issues were so confused that many ni-Vanuatu believed the two were married , but because of the varying ups and downs in the relationship, the pair lived apart, separated by the English Channel and a lot of arguing. This explained the conflicts and inconsistencies in the relationships - or lack of - between the French Consuls and British High Commissioners, and in the tragicomedy of errors running the New Hebrides.

Tenacity can be surprisingly effective, however, and it was just this that, despite logical predictions the Condominium would last less than 10 years, kept the New Hebrides in this state of confused flux for the next 74 years. It might have continued to this day, except perhaps for these seeds of contention brought about by WWII. . . .

In 1940, the French population of the New Hebrides immediately declared their support for General De Gaulle's Free French Forces. In fact they were the first of France's Pacific colonies to do so. Perhaps for the only time in the life of the Condominium, the French and British were not at complete odds with one other.

With France under German rule, the French Ambassador was placed in a difficult position with no support structure in terms of a properly functioning French government. But concerns over such matters were overshadowed by the fast approaching Japanese forces.

In early 1942, the Japanese reached the nearby Solomon Islands and New Guinea, intent on invading New Zealand and Australia. The New Hebridean's lived in real fear that they would be next. The Americans, however, arrived first, totally unannounced, in May 1942.


[Read More] I would like to read more; unfortunately the postwar history is practically not mentioned.

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BW
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Re: The New Hebrides in the Second World War
Posted on: 3/1/2017 1:48:13 PM
Hope this is appropriate Bill


Battle of the Coral Sea
This four-day World War II skirmish in May 1942 marked the first air-sea battle in history. The Japanese were seeking to control the Coral Sea with an invasion of Port Moresby in southeast New Guinea, but their plans were intercepted by Allied forces.

When the Japanese landed in the area, they came under attack from the aircraft carrier planes of the American task force commanded by Rear Admiral Frank J. Fletcher. Although both sides suffered damage to their carriers, the battle left the Japanese without enough planes to cover the ground attack of Port Moresby, resulting in a strategic Allied victory.

Regards

Jim

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BWilson

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Re: The New Hebrides in the Second World War
Posted on: 3/1/2017 3:31:12 PM
Jim,

 Two things caught my eye. One was that Great Britain and France had collaborated quite seamlessly in the mutual administration of a "colony" -- rather unique in history unless I miss my guess. The other notable aspect was the speed with which the French officials in NH opted to support De Gaulle -- perhaps opportunistic, but it prevented yet another Allied:Vichy mess all the same.

Cheers

BW
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Re: The New Hebrides in the Second World War
Posted on: 3/1/2017 4:43:33 PM

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Indigenous New Hebrideans were astounded at the apparent equality with which black and white military personnel were treated.


Say what? They either didn't look too closely or the colonial administrations must have been real a-holes.

Michigan Dave
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Re: The New Hebrides in the Second World War
Posted on: 3/1/2017 6:02:50 PM
The New Hebrides history in a nut shell!?

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Re: The New Hebrides in the Second World War
Posted on: 3/2/2017 1:26:41 AM

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Indigenous New Hebrideans were astounded at the apparent equality with which black and white military personnel were treated.


Say what? They either didn't look too closely or the colonial administrations must have been real a-holes.

--Markus Becker


Markus,

 I too wondered at that comment. The author may have assumed that postwar changes to U.S. troop practice were already in force in the war.

Cheers

BW
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James W.
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Re: The New Hebrides in the Second World War
Posted on: 3/2/2017 4:03:20 AM
The US Forces did the same prodigious works in NZ, at that time too.. & full credit to them..

But AFAIR, they caused street riots - when they tried to impose a 'Color Bar',
(which had never existed in NZ), regarding the NZ Maori people..

Markus Becker
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Re: The New Hebrides in the Second World War
Posted on: 3/2/2017 12:01:58 PM

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But AFAIR, they caused street riots - when they tried to impose a 'Color Bar',
(which had never existed in NZ), regarding the NZ Maori people..

--James W.


Go Kiwis! Did the US military loose? Badly? Decisively?

James W.
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Re: The New Hebrides in the Second World War
Posted on: 3/2/2017 5:44:42 PM

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But AFAIR, they caused street riots - when they tried to impose a 'Color Bar',
(which had never existed in NZ), regarding the NZ Maori people..

--James W.


Go Kiwis! Did the US military loose? Badly? Decisively?

--Markus Becker



Markus, 'The Battle of Manners Street' [Read More] an ironic name for the situation..

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