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(Untitled), 13 Jul 1942

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/77/126

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Telegram from General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC marked "most secret and personal" regarding the position of the French warships at Alexandria [Egypt], commenting on the implications of threat by Pierre Laval [Head of the government, Vichy France] to declare war if the ships are tampered with, and urging that the ships are only sunk as a last resort.


  • Creation: 13 Jul 1942

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