Wednesday, 7 June 2017

France demilitarizing warships under Italian supervision according to the Dutch newspaper Nieuwe Venlosche courant dated 26 June 1940

An item reported that as a result of the armistice between France and Italy was decided that the French navy was to be demilitarized and disarmed under supervision of Italy or Germany in yet to be pointed out harbours. The Italian cabinet stated that during the war none of the French warships under Italian supervision were to be used or after signing the peace treaty to be claimed. During the armistice were however ships to be demanded for minesweeping.(1)

1. Italy declared war on France on 10 June 1940 followed by an armistice signed on 24 June 1940 effective a day later.