NEWS FROM THE FRONT
No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.
19th June, 1940 : Brest and Nantes fall to the Germans, and so too, after a valiant defence by the French military cadets, does Saumur. The Germans now advance on Lyons.
French ships in the Channel ports seek refuge, some in Great Britain, some in North Africa. Displaying remarkable skill, Captain Ronarch succeeds in sailing the battleship Jean Bart out of the dry dock at St. Nazaire, where she was being fitted out, and reaching Casablanca in safety.
General de Gaulle broadcasts again to the French from London; this time his speech is political and marks definite breach with the Pétain government.