The Vichy French didn't allow Axis planes to BASE in Syria and ATTACK the British FROM Syria. They only allowed them to land, refuel, and fly on somewhere else. The former policy, suggested by you, is much more aggressive, from the Vichy side, than the latter. Which makes it less likely to happen.Sunbury wrote: Tim again refuses to see Vichy France was held in thrall. They allowed German advisors into Syria, they kowtowed to the Japanese in Vietnam, giving them the bases they needed to attack Malay. Also I said negotiated, not invaded and the Germans are reclaiming French terriorty from the Spanish.
The massive French Army did nothing when German advisors went into Syria. Most of them fought for the Vichy French when the Australian 7th Divison and the Indian 4th Divison undertook the Syrian Campaign. A "hidden" Campaign to most in here. Neither Britian or France post war wanted to talk of it, but it is well remembered here.
So simply saying "non" is meaningless, 3 million French troops were POW's and in 1940 Germany looked truimphent everywhere. The large French Army in Africa suddenly deciding to fight, lol, they wouldn't. The Germans only have to hint at a political solution of giving "autonomy" to the locals to scuttle that idea. Ideas are always stronger than bullets, and breaking colonial chains of oppression are a powerful tool to manipulate. Remember Mohammad Amin al-Husayni the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem? His visit to Adolf Hitler in 1941 to back Arab independence? That technique was a real possibility, Nassar the post war Eygptian President was a Nazi supporter during the early part of WW2.
Plus in this thread, the assumption is, that Germany doesn't get involved in North Africa. At all. That includes the Luftwaffe. So any Axis incursion into Tunisia, Algeria, or Morocco, will be by the Italians alone, not the Germans.
The Vichy French feared the Germans but despised the Italians. Vichy had no incentive to cooperate with Mussolini...