18 June 1940: commemorating General de Gaulle’s call to arms

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Photo of General de Gaulle, probably taken in 1940
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Watch the video of the tribute to combatant France held at Mont Valérien, together with the speech given by the French President in London on 18 June 2020, when the UK capital was awarded the Legion of Honour.


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Visit the Historial Charles de Gaulle and consult the Musée de l’Armée’s General de Gaulle resources




Access the first-hand accounts and documents made available by the Fondation Charles de Gaulle:


Historical sources




First-hand accounts



A day-by-day account of 15 to 20 June 1940




Discover a range of resources on our page dedicated to the 80th anniversary of 1940:


The call to arms of 18 June: refusing defeat – an episode of the web series “Comme en 40”


Key scientific and educational articles


Documents on General de Gaulle, with commentary


Other relevant articles




Test your knowledge by answering 20 simple questions on General de Gaulle and the call to arms of 18 June


  • 18 juin 1942 - Londres (Angleterre) - Au Royal Albert Hall, le général de Gaulle prononce un discours à l'occasion du deuxième anniversaire de l'appel du 18 juin 1940 et de la naissance de la France libre
    © Photographe inconnu/ECPAD/Défense