Tuesday, November 10, 2009

French Army Fell and Hitler's Army Walked Over France and French Gen Charles de Gaulle took refuge in England though he hated the British

French General Charles de Gaulle was a Tall Man with a Very Small Mind

French pride was wiped off the face of earth in the early 1940s.   

General Charles de Gaulle and all the other high rankers took refuge in England and formed a French Government away from home.

Please note General Charles de Gaulle took refuge in England.

Till 1944 the Nazi-Germany ruled France - - - And here began the world famous story of Anne Frank.   

The French Police were hunting down the Jews of France along with the Armed Forces of Nazi-Germany.  And sadly Anne too perished with her family.

Nevertheless,  there was a French Resistence Movement that sabotaged the works of Nazi-Germany,  very courageously indeed.

A young English soldier,  Capt Petr Lake volunteered to train French Resistance Fighters.   

All around him was saying he was doing a wonderful job and the resistance guerrilla warriors he trained were a damn headache to Nazi-German Army.

Capt Lake was known by his French field name Jean-Pierre Lenormand.

Peter Lake was awarded the Military Cross and France's Croix de Guerre for his actions in the run-up to D-Day.

Newly released files show now,  to the utter shame of France,  just three months after the Allied landings, the leader of Free France, Gen Charles de Gaulle,  told Capt Peter Lake, that he  had "no business" there in France. 

The British officer who trained French Resistance fighters during World War II was told to "go home" by Charles de Gaulle.   

A soldier decorated by France for his services to that nation. 

Mr Lake died in June this year,  aged 94, but his account of the meeting has been released by the National Archives.

It is contained within his Special Operations Executive personnel file and describes a meeting with Gen de Gaulle in the town of Saintes, south-west France, on 18 September 1944.

Mr Lake, then a captain, spoke fluent French and was known by the field name Jean-Pierre Lenormand.

He decided to join a number of French officers who went along to greet the general, but was surprised by the conversation that followed.

General de Gaulle: "Jean-Pierre, that's a French name."

Mr Lake: "My nom de guerre, mon general."

Gen de Gaulle: "What are you doing here?"

Mr Lake: "I belong to the Inter-Allied Mission for Dordogne, and I am at the moment with Dordogne troops at Marennes, mon general."

Gen de Gaulle: "But what are you doing here?"

Mr Lake: "I am training certain troops for special operations."

Gen de Gaulle: "Our troops don't need training. You have no business here."

Mr Lake: "I obey the orders of my superiors."

Gen de Gaulle: "You have no business here, I say. You have no right to exercise a command."

Mr Lake: "Mon general, I exercise no command."

Gen de Gaulle: "We don't need you here. It only remains for you to leave. You too must go home. Return, return quickly. Au revoir."

Later, Mr Lake noted: "The whole dialogue passed very quickly and in a tone of voice which there was no mistaking.

"It was so unexpected that I must confess I was far too taken aback to reply intelligently, and I think the majority of those present had similar reactions."

See,  the Tal Man, Gen Charles de Gaulle,  was burning with jealousy and shame that he took refuge in the hated land of the British.

Despite the incident, Mr Lake was highly regarded by senior Army commanders and was referred to in an official report as "modest, unassuming, but possessed of considerable authority".

"His dust-up with de Gaulle showed him to be a good diplomat, level-headed and intelligent," the report added.


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