The Secret Mission Submarine

He was a great hero of France and if General Giraud could be persuaded to support the Allied landings in French North Africa much of the possible bloodshed could be avoided. Giraud agreed to travel to North Africa but he refused to travel in a British warship. So the only available vessel, the submarine HMS Seraph, became the USS Seraph, and for the first and only time a Royal Navy vessel was commanded by an American captain.

France had suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Germans in 1940 and many in that country blamed Britain for dragging

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