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Madagascar (British Forces, Command)

Volume 380: debated on Wednesday 3 June 1942

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asked the Prime Minister who is in command of British air, naval and military Forces at Madagascar?

The local command of all naval, military and air Forces in the Diego Suarez area is vested in the Fortress Commander, Major-General Sturges, of the Royal Marines.

Is it quite clear that he exercises command over the naval, military, and air Forces, without reference to London in an emergency?

He is exercising command over all the Forces in his area, but naturally he comes under the general direction as I have described it in that area.

My right hon. Friend has not described it. What I want to know is whether this is an example of truly united command of the three arms of the Service?