Part of Germany's preparation for the invasion of Great Britain was to threaten repeatedly that all British civilians who might attempt to injure German soldiers would be regarded as francs-tireurs (guerrilla fighters) and treated accordingly (put to death). Last week the British Government broadcast, in German, its considered reply to Germany's threat. It said:

"The Home Guard is a military force, orderly established, and as such, according to international war regulations, fully justified to resist an enemy with arms. This can be seen by the wording of The Hague Convention of 1907, applying to the usages and laws of ground...

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