113 War Cabinet Minute

Minute 492 (extract) SYDNEY, 10 September 1940

AGENDUM No. 199/1940 [1]-WEEKLY PROGRESS REPORTS BY CHIEFS OF STAFF (No. 34-WEEK ENDED 7TH SEPTEMBER, 1940)

(The following were present when the above Agendum was under discussion:-

Admiral Sir Ragnar Colvin, K.B.E., C.B., Chief of the Naval Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Charles Burnett, K.C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O., Chief of the Air Staff;

Major-General J. Northcott, M.V.O., Deputy Chief of the General Staff.)

(A) WEEKLY REPORT BY THE CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF [matter omitted]

(ii) H.M.A.S. 'Adelaide'. In regard to the part to be played by H.M.A.S. 'Adelaide' in support of M. Sautot as the head of the de Gaulle movement in Noumea, the importance of not provoking a conflict was stressed, and it was agreed, on the suggestion of the Chief of the Naval Staff, that H.M.A.S. 'Adelaide' should only fire if fired upon.

1 See AA:A2671, 199/1940.

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