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The Armistice German And Italian Terms


The Armistice German And Italian Terms
(1) immediate cessation of hostilities in France, overseas and on the seas. French troops already surrounded to lay down arms.

(2) For security of German interest, territory north and west of the following line to be occupied Geneva, Dole, Chalon-sur-Saône, Paray le Monial, Moulin, Bourges, Vierzon, thence to 20 km east of Tours, thence south parallel to Angoulême railway to Mont de Marsan and St Jean de Pied de Port. The areas not yet occupied in this territory to be occupied immediately on conclusion of the present convention.

(3) In occupied area Germany to have all rights off occupying power, excluding local Administration. The French government to afford all necessary facilities. Germany will reduce to a minimum occupation of West coast after the cessation of hostilities with Great Britain. French government to be free to choose for itself the seat of government in non-occupied territory, or even to transfer it to Paris if desired. In the latter event, Germany will allow facilities for Administration from Paris of both occupied and unoccupied territory.

Demobilisation and Disarmament
(4) French naval, military and air forces to be demobilised and disarmed within a period to be decided, with the exception of troops necessary order. Size and armament of the latter to be decided by Germany and Italy respectively.
French armed forces in occupied territory to be brought back into unoccupied territory and demobilised. These troops will have laid down their arms and material at places where they are at the moment of Armistice.

(5) As a guarantee Germany may demand surrender in good condition of all artillery, tanks, anti-tank weapons, service aircraft, infantry armament, tractors and munitions in territory not occupied. Germany will decide the extent of these deliveries.

(6) All arms and war material remaining in unoccupied territory which are not left for use of French authorised forces to be put in store under German or Italian control. Manufacture of new war material in non-occupied territory to stop immediately.

(7) Land and coast defences with armaments etc in occupied territory to be handed over in good condition. All plans of fortifications, particulars of mines, barrages, etc to be handed over.

The Fleet and Shipping
(8) French fleet, except that part left free for safeguard of French interests in the colonial empire, shall be collected in ports to be specified, demobilised and disarmed under German or Italian control. German government solemnly declares that it has no intention of using for its own purposes during the war the French fleet stationed in ports under German control, except those units necessary for coast surveillance and minesweeping. They further declare that they do not intend to claim the French fleet on the conclusion of peace.
Except for the part, to be determined, of the fleet destined for protection of colonial interests. Or ships outside French territorial waters, must be recalled.

(9) All information about naval mines and defences to be furnished. Minesweeping to be carried on by the French forces.

(10) French government not to undertake any hostile action with remaining armed forces. Members of French forces to be prevented from leaving French soil. No material to be conveyed to Great Britain. No Frenchman to serve against Germany in service of other powers.

(11) No French merchant shipping to leave harbour. Resumption of commercial traffic, subject to previous authorisation of German and Italian governments. Merchant ships outside France to be recalled, or, if not possible to go to neutral ports.

Aircraft and Military Stores
(12) No French aircraft to leave ground. Aerodromes to be placed under German or Italian control. Any aerodromes to be made unusable on demand. All foreign aircraft in unoccupied territory to be handed over to German authorities and prevented from flying off.

(13) All establishments and military tools and stocks in occupied territory to be handed over intact. Ports, permanent fortifications, naval building yards to be left in their present state and not destroyed or damaged. Same to apply to all means of communication, particularly railways and roads canals, telephones, telegraphs, navigational and coasts lighting marks. Material for repairs to be made available.

(14) All wireless transmitting stations in French territory to stop.

(15) French government to facilitate transport of merchandise between Germany and Italy across on occupied territory.

(16) French government to repatriate population.

(17) French government to prevent transfer of valuables and stocks from occupied to non-occupied territory or abroad.

(18) Cost of maintenance of German occupying troops to be paid by France.

(19) French government to hand over all German subjects indicated by German government who are in France or in French overseas territory.

(20) All French prisoners of war in German hands, to remain so until the conclusion of peace.

(21) Provides for safeguards of material handed over.

(22) German armistice commission will carry out armistice and coordinate it with Franco Italian armistice.

(23) Armistice will enter into force as soon as French government has concluded similar agreement with Italian government.

(24) Present armistice valid until conclusion of peace treaty, and can be denounced at any moment if French government does not fulfil obligations.

Italy's Terms Summarised
Published in Rome 25 June 1940, the Italian terms was similar to the German. Those peculiar to the Italian Armistice are summarised.

For the duration of the Armistice, the Italian troops will stand on their advance lines. In all theatres of operation.
Zones of widths varying from 30 miles 120 miles are to be dematerialised in France, Tunisia, Algeria, and French Somaliland.
Italy is to have full rights over the port of Jibuti and the French section of the jibuti-Addis Ababa railway. For the duration of hostilities between Italy and Great Britain the maritime and military fortified areas and naval bases of Toulon, Bizerta, Ajaccio, and Oran (in north Africa) shall be demilitarised. Demilitarisation is to be achieved within 15 days. The French fleet is to be concentrated in ports to be indicated, and demobilised and disarmed under the control of Italy and Germany, except such units as the German and Italian governments agree upon the safeguard of French colonial territories.



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