Friction Between British and Colonial Troops; French Ships at Portsmouth; Ban on Possession of Maps
Ref. No.: 3/NBF/T1624
Copy No.: 201.
2. FRENCH SHIPS AT PORTSMOUTH
3. BAN ON POSSESSION OF MAPS (1940)
6 July 40
To JOHN. [i]
1. In LONDON there are cases of street fights between colonial and British troops which are due to the difference in pay and to the heavy burden borne by the British soldiers. The British get 5 to 7 shillings a week, whereas the dolonials [sic] get 7 to 10 shillings a day.
2. Yesterday there were about 50 ships of the French fleet at PORTSMOUTH.
3. The British have forbidden foreigners to have maps of a scale exceeding 12 miles to the inch or guidebooks dealing with the country's [C% road system].
Comments: [i] JOHN: Unidentified MOSCOW addressee.
[ii] DICK: Unidentified LONDON signatory.
Source: United States National Security Agency
Added By: C. Peter Chen
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