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PETAIN'S ORDERS

LANDINGS IN AFRICA

i Juin Says Secret Telegrams i Were Received ! X.Z. Press Association —Copyright Rec. 2.30 p.m. LONDON, Aug. 10. Genera: Juin, who is now Chief of Staff of the French forces in Germany, was unable to attend as a witness at to-day's sitting of the Petain trial but evidence from him was admitted in the form of replies to four questions telegraphed to him by the Court. General Juin, replying to the question whether Petain. by a secret telegram, countermanded his orders to Admiral Darlan to resist the American landings in North Africa, said: "I and not Vichy, was responsible for the cessation of hostilities." General Juin confirmed the arrival in North Africa of two secret telegrams from Vichy, approving the policy of non-resistance to the British and Americans. Commander Louis Leroch said in evidence that he commanded a group of warships which were scuttled at Toulon. "We not only scuttled our ships," he said, "but sabotaged the guns, engines and radio equipment under Petain's instructions." Commander Leroch said that it would have been impossible in 1940 to move the French Government or anv large part of the French armed forces to North Africa because the Germans had mined all the French Mediterranean ports and kept a constant watch on the ships anchored there.

Darnand and Debrinon When the trial of Petain was resumed yesterday, the Court, at the request of the jurors, decided to hear the evidence of Darnand and Debrinon, who are awaiting trial. The prosecutor, M. Mornet, said he would take no account of the evidence in the prosecution and declined responsibility for lengthening the trial, which had lasted long enough. He described Debrinon as a "trickster" and Darnand as an "assassin." Debrinon, in evidence, said he favoured conciliation between France and Germany to avoid future wars. Witness said he knew nothing about Petain sending a message of congratulation to Hitler after the Dieppe raid by the Allies, but he had orders from Laval to send such a message. When the Court read the message signed Petain, Debrinon said it was authentic, but he did not know whether Petain himself signed it. The message was possibly sent without Petain's knowledge. Witness believed that Petain agreed completely with Laval's policy of collaboration solely to improve the condition of the French people in 1940. Joseph Darnand, so-called Himmler of France, said in .evidence that Petain signed his appointment as Minister of the Interior. He conferred with Petain from time to time. Petain urged him to be prudent, and in a letter written when the Americans reached Rennes, reproached him for some of his acts.

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PETAIN'S ORDERS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 189, 11 August 1945

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PETAIN'S ORDERS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 189, 11 August 1945

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