Commentary | 03 November 2010

1940: Free French coup de force in Noumea [English version]

In this contribution to the 2010 commemorative anthology commissioned by the Australian Consulate-General to Nouméa, Army Visiting Fellow Nick Floyd provides the historical military and strategic context to the eventful start of diplomatic relations between New Caledonia and Australia.Throughout its history, New Caledonia's position of strategic overwatch of the South Pacific has been important to Australia. On the eve of the 70th anniversary of our shared diplomatic relations, it is timely to consider the continuing strategic relevance of this near neighbour to Australia.Australia-New Caledonia: Seventy Years of Bilateral Relations, 2010, pp 32-35.A French version is available here.

Nicholas Floyd

  • Nicholas Floyd

In this contribution to the 2010 commemorative anthology commissioned by the Australian Consulate-General to Nouméa, Army Visiting Fellow Nick Floyd provides the historical military and strategic context to the eventful start of diplomatic relations between New Caledonia and Australia.Throughout its history, New Caledonia's position of strategic overwatch of the South Pacific has been important to Australia. On the eve of the 70th anniversary of our shared diplomatic relations, it is timely to consider the continuing strategic relevance of this near neighbour to Australia.Australia-New Caledonia: Seventy Years of Bilateral Relations, 2010, pp 32-35.A French version is available here.

Nicholas Floyd

  • Nicholas Floyd