In December, 1941, with the Germans before Moscow, DeGaulle decided to help Stalin by sending him some fighter pilots. From the original 12 volunteers, the Escadrille Normandie was established. DeGaulle's motives are a bit unclear, but it was probably seen as a blow to his true enemies: the British and Americans and all the French who didn't like him. Never the less, the Escadrille ended the war with 273 confirmed victories. They were allowed by Comrade Stalin to return to France in 1945, along with their Yak-3's. The first and last material aid the West ever received from their Russian Allies.
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