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
(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
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
(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
(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
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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