1941 – UN COUP DE FORCE

L’initiative de l’ex-Amiral Muselier soulève la réprobation générale, même celle de Londres ! – L’ex-Amiral Muselier est formellement désavoué par les U. S.A.. et le Canada. – Même l’Angleterre est surprise ! – L’opinion française – De bons Français – Le GOUVERNEUR ARRETE. Lire la suite [pdf]

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1941 : Anthony Eden to Viscount Halifax

No: 7243
Dec. 25, 1941
TO: VISCOUNT HALIFAX
FROM: Mr. EDEN
MOST IMMEDIATE

Addressed to Washington telegram No. 7243 of December 25th, repeated to Ottawa No. 2256.

My telegram No. 7008.

Admiralty received a telegram from Admiral Muselier dated December 24th in which he stated that « in compliance with the order quite recently received from General de Gaulle and the request of the inhabitants » he had proceeded on the morning of December 24th to St. Pierre and rallied the people to Free France and the Allied Cause with an enthusiastic reception.

2. This was a complete surprise to …

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1941 : British Communique to be accepted by General de Gaulle

DRAFT OF COMMUNIQUE WHICH WOULD BW ACCEPTED BY GENERAL DE GAULLE

1. The islands are French and will remain French.

2. The present Administrator shall be withdrawn; the Administration of the islands shall be exercised by the Consultative Council.

3. The above-mentioned Council wil will agree to the appointment of Canadian and United States’ officials to assist them in the operation of the wireless stations on the islands in the common interest of the Allies.

4. The Free Franch National Committee inform His Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom that they never intended that ships of the Free French Naval …

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1941 : Canadian Government’s worry about the possible misuse of the Saint Pierre-Miquelon wireless station

CONCERN OF THE UNITED STATES OVER THE CONTROL OF THE WIRELESS RADIO STATION AT ST. PIERRE AND THE SEIZURE OF ST PIERRE AND MIQUELON BY THE FREE FRENCH FORCES. The Minister in Canada (Moffat) to the Secretary of State

Ottawa, November 3, 1941 – 6 p.m.
The Canadian Government’s worry about the possible misuse of the Saint Pierre-Miquelon wireless station has been accentuated by recent sinkings far to the westward of any previously reported. In the circumstance they desire to send some civilian wireless specialists from the Depart of Transport to Saint Pierre-Miquelon to controll all messages sent. If the …

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1941 : Department of State to President

DEPARTMENT OF STATE
WASHINGTON
January 8, 1942

My dear Mr. President:

After giving careful consideration to all of the circumstances in connection with the St. Pierre Miquelon situation and with a view to arriving at an acceptable solution I have drafted the enclosed suggested telegram to Admiral Leahy setting forth a formula for the settle- ment of the matter. My suggestion would be that before sending this telegram in the event you approve it the telegram be submitted to the British and Canadian Govern- ments for their concurrence.

Without specifically stating so this would amount to a trusteeship. It seems …

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1941 : L’attaque gaulliste contre Saint-Pierre et Miquelon

L’oeuvre – Paris – Nº 9.527. – Samedi 27 décembre 1941
L’attaque gaulliste contre Saint-Pierre et Miquelon

Londres 26 décembre (OFI) – On annonce que les forces gaullistes, sous le commandement de l’ex-amiral Muselier ont occupé les îles Saint-Pierre et Miquelon.

… et arrêtent le gouverneur.

Londres 26 décembre. – L’agence Reuters annonce que M. de Bournat, gouverneur de Saint-Pierre et Miquelon a été arrêté par les gaullistes et se trouve actuellement sous surveillance à bord du navire de l’ex-amiral Muselier.

Le gouvernement français exige le retrait des forces gaullistes

Vichy, 26 décembre. – Le Ministère des Affaires étrangères communique …

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1941 : Le retour en France du gouverneur de Saint-Pierre et Miquelon

Lisbonne. – Le gouverneur de Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon et Mme de Bournat qui sont actuellement à Lisbonne, doivent partir pour Vichy dans le courant de la semaine.

On sait dans quelles circonstances dramatiques, le 24 décembre dernier, le gouverneur de Bournat a dû céder devant le coup de force des forces de la dissidence sous les ordres de l’ex-amiral Muselier.

Se réservant de faire au gouvernement français un rapport sur l’administration qui lui a été confiée à Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon et sur les incidents qui ont provoqué son départ, l’ancien gouverneur a souligné, une fois de plus, au représentant de l’agence Havas O. F. …

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1941 : Memorandum from the Secretary of State to the President

Memorandum by the Secretary of State
Memorandum for the President.

I refer to your memorandum of January 26 on the subject of the St. Pierre-Miquelon occupation.
In view of the fact that certain policies are obligations of this Government relating to the war situation were materially affected on both sides of the Atlantic by the unexpected occupation of the St. Pierre-Miquelon islands by the Free French naval forces on December 2, 1941, this Government proceeded, in a spirit of friendly settlement which could be found acceptable by all concerned. This Government suggested a broad basic proposal, a copy of which …

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1941 : Secretary of State to Ambassador Leahy (Vichy France)

The secretary of State to the Ambassador in France (Leahy)
Washington, December 25, 1941.

The Secretary of State issued the following statement today :
« Our preliminary reports show that the action taken by three so-called Free French ships at St. Pierre-Miquelon was an arbitrary action contrary to the agreement of all parties concerned and certainly without the prior knowledge or consent in any sense of the U.S. Government.
This Government has inquired of the Canadian Government as to the steps that Government is prepared to take to restore the status quo of these islands. »
Cordell Hull

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