Diary December 14, 1940

Pierre Laval

Pierre Laval, vice president and foreign minister under Petain in Vichy France, released by him and only re-appointed to German pressure.

Diary for Saturday, December 14, 1940:

Neutrals

Vichy France: Petain dismisses Foreign Minister Laval and appoints Flandin. (German Ambassador subsequently intercedes on Laval’s behalf.)
Irish Republic: IRA internees set fire to Curragh Camp near Dublin and fight with troops and Garda (police); 4 injured (one IRA man shot dead in further clashes next day).

Air War

RAF night raid on Naples; cruiser Pola damaged.

Call of War
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