War Cabinet

The exploits of Brigadier General was though controversial, but perhaps only in the whole French army. Prime Minister Paul Reynaud, De Gaulle invited to join the government, taking the post of Deputy Minister of War, commissioned him to supervise the negotiations with the British and to develop a common strategy with them to further the fight against the Third Reich. Thus began the political career of Charles de Gaulle. The Germans were about to enter into going Paris, and the government moved to Tours. June 11 came to Churchill to the British generals to agree plans for further resistance. Present at that meeting and General de Gaulle. He proposed to unite the British and French armored forces.

Connection with the heavy French tanks had to light the British, according to the General, "provide much greater efficiency." At the British this is the first realistic proposal impressed, especially against the background of the Union commander, Marshal M. Weygand lack of reserves. The next day, the French have come to believe about the necessity of a separate peace. Churchill understood that the forces Gaul is exhausted, and depressed mood had returned to England. Meanwhile, General de Gaulle had not been advised of this decision. Only June 13 in a private conversation Reynaud informed him about the collapse of France. June 17, 1940, de Gaulle again met with Churchill.

Britain at that time was all alone on the European continent. France, despite all assurances, emerged from the war, and now from her there was only one tall, skinny, awkward general refused to admit defeat. It is this refusal and liked the British Prime Minister. And meanwhile, had moved to England, De Gaulle was no longer applicable military and politician, becoming like as a traitor. Officially, he was deprived of office and rank June 24, 1940. It happened after June 18, barely achieving agreement with Churchill and his War Cabinet, he gave a speech on radio B-BBC. Shortly before the Marshal Henri Philippe Petain in radio address to the French nation, said: "With a heavy heart I say to you today, you need to stop fighting." General de Gaulle said: "The absolute duty of all Frenchmen who still bear arms is a continuation resistance. "He also stated that" the surrender of weapons, consent to the transfer of land under the authority of the French opponent will be crimes against the nation. "In addition to all general called on the French army commanders do not to obey orders coming from the enemy. June 28, 1940 in London, published a communique which said: "His Majesty's Government recognizes General Charles de Gaulle as head of all free Frenchmen, wherever they are located, and agrees with their adherence to it to protect the Allied cause. "Thus was born the organization" Free France. "De Gaulle said that he created the organization" Free France "will to fight Nazi Germany on Britain's side, the U.S., and later the Soviet Union, wherever possible.