DE GAULLE, CHARLES

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DE GAULLE, CHARLES - 'The money you were so kind and thoughtful to send me has been applied toward my social endeavors. It is important to me that you know and to thank you...'
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DE GAULLE, CHARLES - 'The money you were so kind and thoughtful to send me has been applied toward my social endeavors. It is important to me that you know and to thank you...'

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DE GAULLE, CHARLES.(1890-1970). French officer and statesman. TLS. (“C. de Gaulle”). ½p. 4to. Colombey-les-deux-Eglises, April 10, 1947. On his personal stationery. To Robert Brown in New Castle, Pennsylvania. In French with translation.

 

“The money you were so kind and thoughtful to send me has been applied toward my social endeavors. It is important to me that you know and to thank you for this token by which I was so particularly touched. With my sincerest best wishes…”

 

De Gaulle was a career soldier, trained at Saint-Cyr. During World War I he was left for dead at the Battle of Verdun and served out the rest of the war in a German prison camp. He was not deterred, however, from continuing his military service and after the end of WWI he aided Poland in its war against Russia, an experience which deeply influenced his ideas about military strategy. He published his ideas in books and articles, suggesting ways in which the French military could be more effectively organized. His views were not readily accepted, however, and his military career languished as a result.

 

At the outbreak of WWII, de Gaulle successfully put his theories into practice and was promoted to the rank of général on June 1. Soon after, he was promoted to sous-secrétaire d’État  à la défense nationale et à la guerreand, as such, joined with Winston Churchill to forge a military and political alliance that lasted throughout the war. He refused to accept France’s June 22, 1940surrender to Germany and fled to London to form a French government in exile. He worked with the French resistance and the Allies to regain France’s freedom, repeatedly denying the legitimacy of the Vichy regime.

 

After the liberation of Paris, he was president of the provisional government from 1944 until his abrupt resignation on January 20, 1946. De Gaulle continued to play an important behind-the-scenes role in France’s political life. He actively opposed the new constitution drawn up that summer and by mid-February 1947, he had taken preliminary steps toward forming his own political movement, likely the “social endeavors” mentioned in our letter and a goal he realized with the formation of the Rally of the People of France (RPF). The movement failed, however, and de Gaulle entered retirement. He was recalled to public service by his supporters in 1959 and served as France’s president for 10 years.

 

Written from his home in Colombey-les-deux-Eglises in northeastern France. Folded into quarters and in very good condition. With the original envelope.

 

$650


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