Charles de Gaulle and Winston Churchill made a quick tour of the French Army front in the Vosges, then closed their friendliest of meetings with the friendliest adieux. Reported Reuters: it was agreed that in the coming occupation of Germany, French troops would hold the Rhineland.

Back at his Paris desk the French leader found a message, just arrived from Moscow: Marshal Stalin could not at present accept General de Gaulle's invitation to visit Paris. But would General de Gaulle care to call on Marshal Stalin at the Kremlin?

General de Gaulle lost not a moment in summoning his Cabinet...

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