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"Assignment to Catastrophe": source material, 1940-05-24 - 1940-05-31

Reference Code: GBR/0014/SPRS 8/10

Scope and Contents

Minutes of meetings and telegrams on the situation in France, including: telegrams between ELS, Winston Churchill and Major-General Sir Hastings Ismay [Deputy Secretary (Military) to War Cabinet]; notes of a meeting on the military situation, between Marshal Philippe Petain [Minister of State], ELS and Major Archdale [British liaison officer with French northern command]; notes of meetings with Paul Reynaud; Prime Minister of France; notes of conversations with Petain, General Louis Colson, head of the French War Office, and Georges Mandel; rough minutes of the meeting between the British and French at the Supreme War Council, 31 May; telegram from General Joseph Vuillemin, Commander of the French Air Force, on the need for British reinforcements.


  • Creation: 1940-05-24 - 1940-05-31

Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.


1 file(s)

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

SPRS 2/18 Box 1

Finding aid date

2007-01-24 14:04:06.900000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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