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Orders of the Day — ALLIED FORCES BILL [Lords]. (21 Aug 1940)

Lieut-Colonel Sir Edward Grigg: Great Britain and the United States as the sole representative authorities and lawful Governments of their respective States."—[OFFICIAL REPORT, 20th August, 1940; col. 1168, Vol. 364.] He added that we have also recognised in General de Gaulle not a sovereign Government, but an authority recognised as representing the feeling and faith of free Frenchmen outside occupied France. The...

Orders of the Day — ALLIED FORCES BILL [Lords].: Clause 1. — (Law applicable to allied and associated forces.) (21 Aug 1940)

Colonel Josiah Wedgwood: The object of this Amendment is to confine the exercise of military discipline to those persons in each of these national forces who are nationals of that nation; that is to say, it excludes from the power of control those people in the French Army who are not Frenchmen, those in the Polish Army who are not Poles, and those in the Belgian Army who are not Belgians. It leaves the power of the...

War Situation. (20 Aug 1940)

Mr Winston Churchill: Almost a year has passed since the war began, and it is natural for us, I think, to pause on our journey at this milestone and survey the dark, wide field. It is also useful to compare the first year of this second war against German aggression with its forerunner a quarter of a century ago. Although this war is in fact only a continuation of the last, very great differences in its character...

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army.: French Foreign Legion. ( 6 Aug 1940)

Mr Anthony Eden: There are at present 114 legionaries who are detained in a camp in this country, all of whom have volunteered to serve under General de Gaulle. The reason for their detention is the commission of offences against French military discipline, and this detention was carried out at the request of the French officer commanding who was General de Gaulle's representative at Trentham. Of this number,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information.: British Broadcasting Corporation (French Broadcasts). (31 Jul 1940)

Mr Duff Cooper: ...are at present six 15-minute news bulletins, one half-hour programme and three quarter-hour programmes, making a daily total of 2¾ hours of exclusively French broadcasts. Of this time General de Gaulle and his organisation, with the approval of my Ministry, contribute a five-minute period each day under the title, "La France Libre." In addition to the purely French broadcasts, three...

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army.: Foreign Volunteers. (24 Jul 1940)

Lieut-Colonel Sir Edward Grigg: Negotiations are proceeding with representatives of General de Gaulle as to the rates of the emoluments to be fixed for the French volunteers. In the meantime, advances have been issued to them on a provisional basis for the period 1st to 15th July, 1940. Similar negotiations are proceeding with the Poles. In the meantime, advances are being made to Polish troops, and also to Czech troops,...

Civil Estimates, 1940.: Children's Overseas Reception Scheme. (17 Jul 1940)

Sir Geoffrey Mander: ...from what I said, but, unfortunately, circumstances have arisen which have called a halt. From every point of view this is most regrettable. Parents, after tremendous internal conflict, had come to decisions to send their children away, perhaps for some years. Indeed, I know cases where parents have said, "We were willing to do it but we will not do it again." The high moment has gone. At...

Oral Answers to Questions — French Legion. ( 9 Jul 1940)

Mr Anthony Eden: General de Gaulle has been officially recognised, and French troops are being organised under his command. As was stated by my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary in reply to a Question on 4th July last, it has been declded in principle to afford special facilities for naturalisation to French citizens who continue to support the Allied cause, and this would, of course, apply to any who...

Orders of the Day — War Situation.: French Fleet. ( 4 Jul 1940)

Mr Winston Churchill: It is with sincere sorrow that I must now announce to the House the measures which we have felt bound to take in order to prevent the French Fleet from falling into German hands. When two nations are fighting together under long and solemn alliance against a common foe, one of them may be stricken down and overwhelmed, and may be forced to ask its Ally to release it from its obligations. But...

Oral Answers to Questions — French National Committee. ( 3 Jul 1940)

Mr R.A. Butler: As was announced on 28th June, His Majesty's Government recognise General de Gaulle as the leader of all free Frenchmen wherever they may be who rally to him in support of the Allied cause.

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