Appeal of 18 June
1 Context 2 Translation of the speech 3 Reception and influence 4 Notes 5 References 6 External links
General de Gaulle became the de facto leader of the Free French Forces
that had escaped to
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On 18 June 1940, at 19:00 (GMT), de Gaulle's voice was broadcast nationwide, saying in French (author. translation):
This monument commemorates those who passed through
"The leaders who, for many years, have been at the head of the French armies have formed a government. This government, alleging the defeat of our armies, has made contact with the enemy in order to stop the fighting. It is true, we were, we are, overwhelmed by the mechanical, ground and air forces of the enemy. Infinitely more than their number, it is the tanks, the aeroplanes, the tactics of the Germans which are causing us to retreat. It was the tanks, the aeroplanes, the tactics of the Germans that surprised our leaders to the point of bringing them to where they are today.
"But has the last word been said? Must hope disappear? Is defeat final? No!
"Believe me, I who am speaking to you with full knowledge of the
facts, and who tell you that nothing is lost for France. The same
means that overcame us can bring us victory one day. For
"This war is not limited to the unfortunate territory of our country. This war is not over as a result of the Battle of France. This war is a world war. All the mistakes, all the delays, all the suffering, do not alter the fact that there are, in the world, all the means necessary to crush our enemies one day. Vanquished today by mechanical force, in the future we will be able to overcome by a superior mechanical force. The fate of the world depends on it.
"I, General de Gaulle, currently in London, invite the officers and the French soldiers who are located in British territory or who might end up here, with their weapons or without their weapons, I invite the engineers and the specialised workers of the armament industries who are located in British territory or who might end up here, to put themselves in contact with me.
"Whatever happens, the flame of the French resistance must not be extinguished and will not be extinguished. Tomorrow, as today, I will speak on the radio from London."
Reception and influence
Although de Gaulle's speech on 18 June is among the most famous in
French history, few French listeners heard it that day. It was
broadcast on the BBC, a British radio station, practically
unannounced, and given by an obscure brigadier general only recently
appointed junior minister. Consequently, of the 10,000 French citizens
in Britain, only 300 volunteered and of the more than 100,000 soldiers
temporarily on British soil, most of them recently evacuated from
Norway or Dunkirk, only 7,000 stayed on to join de Gaulle. The rest
^ L'Appel du 18 juin (in French) ^ The Guardian, "A Mesmerising Oratory", 29 April 2007. ^ a b L'Appel du 22 juin 1940 Archived 6 June 2017 at the Wayback Machine., Charles de Gaulle.org (website of the Fondation Charles de Gaulle) ^ "Appel du 22 Juin - Wikisource". fr.wikisource.org. Retrieved 5 May 2017. ^ "Appel du 18 Juin - Wikisource". fr.wikisource.org. Retrieved 5 May 2017. ^ Text of the speech in English The Lehrman Institute ^ "L'Appel du 22 juin 1940 - charles-de-gaulle.org". www.charles-de-gaulle.org. Archived from the original on 6 June 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2017. ^ a b "L'affiche "à tous les Français" ayant suivi l'appel du 18 juin - charles-de-gaulle.org". www.charles-de-gaulle.org. Archived from the original on 18 June 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
Appeal of 18 June
Elisabeth de Miribel : Appeal of 18 June Conseil régional des Pays